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Thanks for saving my life! Says triathlete.

A professional triathlete whose neck was broken in an horrific crash in Cumbria has managed to give personal thanks to the paramedic who treated him.

Three months after the crash that nearly killed him, Alistair Robinson has met Andy Dalton from the Great North Air Ambulance at their Penrith base.

Alistair crashed into the back of a bus that had a puncture on the A66 between Penrith and Threlkeld in April.

The 30 year old from Dockray, near Penrith, fractured his skull, broke his neck and back, with nine of his vertebra broken.

I remember about half a mile from where I crashed but I have no memory of the accident itself.

"I don't remember being put into the ambulance but I do remember being in the air ambulance, looking up and hearing the rotors. And I can recall a paramedic being sat next to me.

I was really, really scared. I've had a lot of accidents over the years. I've been a full time athlete for almost 10 years now. This was my first major accident. I was well aware that there were serious problems. They don't call the air ambulance out for fun."

– Alistair Robinson, professional triathlete

I can't thank them enough. I've often seen the air ambulance out over the Lake Distict but you never think that it'll be you that needs it.

I am going to raise money for them as soon as I can. Without them, my injuries could have been a lot, lot worse."

– Alistair Robinson, professional triathlete

We managed to land in the field just behind where the bus was and we managed to see Alistair lying just behind the bus. It was obvious that he had hit the back of the bus at a fair speed and it was obvious that he'd banged his head as well because he was repeating himself a lot and he was not aware of what happened.

"We are just pleased that he's making a good recovery. It's always nice to meet a patient to see how they are getting on."

– Andy Dalton, paramedic from the Great North Air Ambulance

£200 of stationary stolen from WH Smith in Penrith

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the theft Credit: Cumbria Police

Stationary worth £200 has been stolen from a shop in Penrith.

Cumbria Police would like to speak to a man (pictured above) in connection with the theft.

It happened at the WH Smiths store on Saturday, 7 June 2014.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC 2080 Warman, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Love is in the air at Penrith Castle Park

Proposal in the park - Bernie Hynds accepts a marriage proposal Credit: Eden District Council

Love was all around Penrith Castle Park today (2nd July) when Steven Sheridan proposed to his partner Bernie Hynds, from Liverpool, which she accepted.

He proposed in the park's bandstand where he also displayed a banner declaring his love.

Steven Sheridan's proposal made the trip a double celebration for Bernie:

“This is the first time we have visited Penrith, but we have spent time in the Lake District before. We came here for a short break to celebrate Bernie’s 50th birthday and I planned this surprise proposal and Castle Park was the perfect place to pop the question and I am delighted Bernie said yes.'

He added: 'We are now off to Gretna Green and will get married tomorrow.”

Alan Hall from Eden District Council’s contractor Amey helped Steven with his surprise proposal by erecting the banner in the park and supplying a Castle Park rose for his new fiancée.

A contractor from Eden District Council helped put Steven's intentions into action Credit: Eden District Council

Exhibition explores adventure in the modern world

An adventure is described as an 'exciting and risky undertaking or exploit'. But with modern technology allowing us to find out about places from the comfort of our own living room, how do you have an adventure in the modern age?

That's the question being asked at an art exhibition at the Rheged Centre in Penrith.

Amy Dunsmuir went to find out more.

Exploring adventure through art

An exhibition at the Rheged Centre in Penrith has been displaying objects from adventures in the mountains. The exhibition explores the idea of adventure in the modern world.

Artist Derek Eland obtained various objects through the Mountains Heritage Trust. In one art piece, he explains why a stretcher was the inspiration behind his painting.

Cumbrian company in running for an eggcellent award

David and Helen Brass, Lakes Free Range Egg Company Credit: BITC

A Cumbrian egg company is in the running for a national award which recognises sustainable products and services within a company.

The Lakes Free Range Egg Company, near Penrith, won a Business in the Community (BITC) award for their sustainability of their products and services last week (25th June).

The winner of the national award will be announced on 8th July.


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