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Penrith School 450th Birthday

The Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith is celebrating its 450th anniversary.

From 12 noon until 8 today (Saturday 28th June) there's live music, "celebrity" guests, tennis and sprinting competitions and a hog roast.

On Sunday 29th June, the school's current pupils will challenge former pupils to a cricket match, followed by a service at St Andrew's Church.

The service will feature readings and music from the last 450 years.

Programme for Saturday 28 June:

  • 12 noon to 6pm Stalls including: tombola, candy floss, coconut shy, hook a duck, giant buzzer, cupcakes, ice cream parlour, plant stall, book stall,
  • 12 noon to 3pm Giant Bouncy Castle
  • 12 noon to 2pm Barbecue & Tennis Tournament for Year 7 and Year 8
  • 12 noon to 1pm Performances by school musicians
  • 1pm Burying of time capsule
  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm Drama performances
  • 2pm to 3pm Sprinting competitions started by Gwenda Ward
  • 2pm to 3.30pm Tennis Tournament for Year 9 and Year 10
  • 2pm to 4pm Will Addison (Sale Sharks) rugby masterclass & musical performances
  • 3.30pm to 6pm Open Tennis Tournament
  • 4pm Planting of The Anniversary Oak
  • 5pm Flash mob - Les Misérables : One Day More
  • 6pm to 8pm Band performances

Penrith man hit by motorbike at World Cup

A football fan from Penrith has been knocked over by a motorbike whilst on holiday in Brazil for the World Cup.

Mark Fisher was crossing the street in the host city of Belo Horizonte when a motorcyclist hit the 25-year-old.

Mr Fisher suffered several bruises and a fractured tooth and is currently in a local hospital.

A spokesman said the motorcyclist fled the scene of the accident.

'Illegal raves' leave Beacon Hill littered with rubbish

A section of the wall has been damaged by campers and revellers Credit: Cumbria Police

Police are calling on the community of Penrith to help stop an area of the town from being littered with rubbish and damaged, after a large group of young people are thought to have held a number of 'illegal raves' at Beacon Hill.

The police are calling on locals to help stop the damage Credit: Cumbria Police

Around 30 to 60 young people are believed to have been involved - with some camping at the site following the gatherings on Friday and Saturday nights.

Litter is being left behind after gatherings take place in the area Credit: Cumbria Police


Penrith flying the flag for Armed Forces week

People in Penrith have taken part in a flag raising ceremony at the town hall to mark the start of Armed Forces Week.

Events are taking place across the country this week in the run up to National Armed Forces Day on Saturday 28 June.

The flag was raised in Penrith today to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. Credit: Eden District Council

The chairman of Eden District Council, John Thompson, today raised the Armed Forces Day flag with David Stonehouse, Chairman of The Penrith and District Branch of The Royal British Legion.

School recovering from stomach bug outbreak

Staff advised parents to keep ill children off school for two days Credit: ITV Border

Around 90 youngsters have been affected by a stomach bug at a school in Cumbria.

The gastroenteritis outbreak at Beaconside Primary School, in Penrith, is not believed to be linked to food preparation.

Parents had been advised to keep their children, who have been ill, off school for 48 hours. The school says it is now back to 95 per cent attendance.

Exploring the concept of adventure at Rheged

Organisers say anyone can have an adventure Credit: ITV Border

An exhibition exploring what the word 'adventure' means to different people is currently on display at the Rheged Centre near Penrith.

It encourages visitors to get out and have their own adventures by exploring their local area. An idea pioneered by adventurer Alastair Humphreys.

It's a daily exhibition that runs until Sunday 13 July. It includes contributions from Julian Cooper, Derek Eland, Richard Fisher, Roy Fleming and many more.

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