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Quintinshill rail disaster tree vandalised

The tree was planted in memory of the Quintinshill rail disaster Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland report that a commemorative tree planted in May this year by HRH Princess Anne at Gretna Green has been cut down sometime overnight Friday 21 August.

The pear tree was planted to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the Quintinshill rail disaster.

Constable Andy Aitken of Police Scotland at Gretna said:

it beggars belief that someone has carried out such a wanton act of vandalism.

We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the area of The Green at Gretna Green to get in touch through 101 if they can help."

– Andy Aitken, Police Scotland

Police Constable Ewan Fraser says the police are appealing for information form the public.

HRH Princess Royal tours Cumbrian Distillery

Princess Anne visiting the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite Credit: ITV Border

Princess Anne has visited a whisky distillery as part of her official tour of Cumbria.

Founder and managing director of The Lakes Distillery, Paul Currie, welcomed her Royal Highness Princess Anne to the distillery’s picturesque setting overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake today before inviting her to tour the £7m development.

The Princess Royal inspecting a mash tun which starts the whisky brew at Lakes Distillery Credit: ITV Border

It was an incredible honour to have Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal officially open The Lakes Distillery, all of us will remember this day for years to come.

As the only distillery in Cumbria, we are very proud of our team and our facilities which are already producing award-winning spirits. It was a pleasure to be able to present the fruit of our hard work to such a prestigious guest.

Her Royal Highness’ visit marks the start of our first summer season open to the public. We expect to attract 100,000 guests of all ages to the distillery each year, who will be able to follow the same tour as Her Royal Highness, and we hope they enjoy their visit just as much.”

– Paul Currie, Lakes Distillery

Princess Anne visited the stillroom where The Lakes Vodka, Gin and Single Malt is produced, as well as the Bistro at the Lakes Distillery before unveiling a plaque in the courtyard to mark its official opening.

Princess Anne unveiling the plaque at the official opening of the Lakes Distillery Credit: ITV Border

Following the official opening, The Princess Royal added:

it's lovely to see these sorts of old agricultural buildings find a really good re-use"

– HRH Princess Royal


Princess Royal arrives in Carlisle

As part of her tour of Cumbria HRH The Princess Royal has arrived at the Save The Children Shop in Carlisle.

Princess Anne begins her tour of Cumbria today Credit: ITV Border
Royal visiting Save The Children Credit: ITV Border

Following her visit to Save The Children this morning, Princess Anne greeted people from the Carlisle Citizens Advice Bureau.

HRH Princess Royal arriving at the Carlisle Citizens Advice Bureau Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria welcomes royal visit

Princess Anne will be visiting Cumbria today Credit: PA

Glasses will be raised to a royal visitor in Cumbria today as the Princess Royal officially opens the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite. It's England's largest whisky distillery.

Princess Anne will also visit the Save the Children shop in Carlisle and call into CN Group in Carlisle to mark 200 years of the Cumberland News

Cumbria Rescue HQ opened by Princess Royal

The Princess Royal officially opened the new Cumbria Fire and Rescue Services headquarters, as part of her visit to the region on Monday (22 October).

Her Royal Highness unveiled a plaque to mark the Royal visit at Penrith Community Fire Station.

Ian Cartwright, Deputy Chief Fire Officer from Cumbria, told us about the Royal visit:


Princess Anne opens Northside bridge

Princess Anne cuts the ribbon on the bridge Credit: ITV Border

The Princess Royal has become the first person to drive across the new Northside Bridge in Workington. The former bridge was destroyed in the floods of November 2009. Princess Anne has now opened the new £11 million pound bridge linking the centre of Workington with the Northside area of the town.

She met the widow of PC Bill Barker, the policeman killed when the old bridge collapsed as well as families affected by the floods. Prayers were said during the ceremony to bless the bridge, including one from the Archbishop of York.

Princess Anne meets the Barker family Credit: ITV Border
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