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Cumbrian voices compete for title

A competition celebrating Cumbrian dialects is taking place this weekend.

Every year dialect speakers from across the county get together bringing with them poems and stories which they written themselves.

They then compete trying to outdo each other in rhyme and rhythm, and all in the broadest Cumbrian tones.

Last year's winner, West Cumbrian Colin Armstrong, is defending his title at the seaside town of Silloth.


Silloth Green Day gets underway

Silloth Green Day is taking place today (26th May). The event has been organised by the Friends of the Green with strong support from Silloth Tourist Action Group. There will be entertainment, the Splash pad will be turned on and the adventure play area will be open.

The event will give local people, groups, organisations and volunteers an opportunity to showcase what *Silloth is and what the town as a whole has to offer; and it will also provide a great *fun day out for local families and visitors. Refreshments will be on sale and some of the local shops will be selling their wares.


UPDATE: Work completed on sinking Cumbrian road

More than 7,000 tonnes of rock and rubble were brought in Credit: ITV Border

After nine months of disruption, work has now been completed to stop a major coastal road in West Cumbria falling into the sea.

More than 7,000 tonnes of rock and rubble has been brought in to shore up the stretch linking Silloth to Cumbria's energy coast.

The new sea defence Credit: ITV Border

Sea defence will cost £320,000

Work has started to save a Cumbrian road from sinking into the sea.

The stretch of road between Maryport and Silloth has eroded by 20 metres in the past two years.

The project, costing £320,000 will see over 7,000 tonnes of material used to build a new sea defence.

Work has begun on building the new sea defence Credit: ITV Border
Around 7,000 tonnes of material is needed to build the defence Credit: ITV Border


Road being saved from coastal erosion

Work has begun to stop part of a Cumbrian road disappearing into the sea.

The 280 metre stretch of the Maryport to Silloth Road will be wrapped in a rock armour to prevent further erosion.

Due to the natural coastal erosion caused by it's proximity to the Solway Firth, around 20 metres of the road has worn away in the past two years.

Cumbria County Council habe approved the £320,000 funding for the project, which will see a new defence built from around 7,000 tonnes of stone and other material.

The road is expected to remain open to traffic while the work is underway under a single-lane traffic system.

Concern for missing Silloth woman

Cumbria Police are concerned for a missing 52-year-old woman from Abbeytown, Silloth.

Gwendolyn Watson left her home on 7th November and travelled to Carlisle to visit relatives. She was last seen on a bus, the number 68, going from the Upperby area into Carlisle City Centre.

Gwendolyn Watson
Gwendolyn Watson

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Growing concern for missing woman

There are growing concerns for a Silloth woman who has been missing from her home since 7th November.

Gwendolyn Watson, 52, from Abbeytown, was last seen travelling from the Upperby area of Carlisle into the City Centre around 3.45pm.

She was last seen wearing a pink zip-up fleece along with blue jeans and pink and white training shoes.

She has collar length dark hair with grey roots and glasses.

"We appeal to Gwendolyn to get in touch with us, we, and her family are concerned about her welfare and want to ensure that she is well.

"Gwendolyn left her home address on 7th November, despite a sighting of her on a bus, she has not been seen or heard from since. Anyone who has seen Gwendolyn or recognises her picture is asked to contact us.”

– PC Chris Blain, Cumbria Police

Anyone who has seen Gwendolyn or knows of her whereabouts is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.

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