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Biographer talks books, OBE and Rooney's World Cup

He's penned the official biographies of The Beatles and Paul Gascoigne, while his critically acclaimed book "The Glory Game" lifted the lid on the workings of a professional football club.

Now Cumbrian author Hunter Davies has been awarded an OBE for services to literature in the Queen's birthday honours.

Ryan Dollard went to meet him to talk about his life, his home... and - ahead of England's crucial World Cup match tonight - Wayne Rooney.


Rooney's biographer uncut interview

Cumbrian writer and biographer Hunter Davies has recently been awarded an OBE for his services to literature. He's written about William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter, Alfred Wainwright and the Beatles.

He's also the official biographer of Wayne Rooney and ahead of England's second World Cup game, we couldn't help but ask him about the football star he knows so much about.

Rooney 'should have left Man United five years ago'

The official biographer of Wayne Rooney, Cumbrian Hunter Davies, says he believes the Manchester United striker would have been a better England player if he'd spent time at a foreign club.

He was speaking ahead of England's vital World Cup tie against Uruguay this evening. Rooney has been criticised by some people for not making more of an impact at the tournament so far.

Disability Sports Plan will create new opportunities

Borders Sport and Leisure has launched its new three-year Borders Disability Sports Plan at the Para Sport Festival.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage more children and adults to get involved in sport.

There was an opportunity for people to try out activities at an event at Tweedbank.

Donald Gray says it's good to encourage people with disabilities to get involved in sports:

Border's World Cup head count: Be on our team

It's 42 days until the 2014 World Cup begins in Rio, Brazil Credit: PA

World Cup fever has hit us at ITV Border, and we're looking for people in our region from all of the countries taking part.

Do we have all 32 World Cup nationalities in the Border region? Who knows but it could be fun trying to find out!

Whether you’ve been living in the region for years or if you’ve just arrived, we want to hear from you.

Get in touch and tell us your story:

Email, Tweet us @ITVBorder or visit our Facebook page.


Border's World Cup head count - we need your help!

A Colombian in Cumbria? A Brazilian in the Borders? A South Korean in the South Lakes?

With the World Cup starting in Brazil on 12 June, ITV Border is looking for someone from each of the 32 countries taking part.

You might have been living in our region for years or just here for a couple of months. Whatever your story, we want to hear from you and we want include you in our World Cup head count.

Do we have all 32 nationalities in our region? Who knows but it could be fun trying to find out!

Tell us your story. There are three way to get in touch:

Darts legends coming to Carlisle

Old adversaries: Keith Deller and Eric Bristow Credit: PA

Former darts world champions Keith Deller and Eric Bristow will replay their famous 1983 world final in Carlisle.

The pair are taking part in an invitational tournament at the Royal Scot Pub in Morton on Saturday May 3rd.

31-years-ago rank outsider Deller beat Bristow to take the title, aged just 23.

Deller in 1983, days after beating Bristow in the World Darts Championship final Credit: PA

"West Cumbria is the place to be this autumn"

“We have worked closely with Britain's Energy Coast and Cumbria partners to ensure that this year's Tour of Britain passes through the dramatic scenery of West Cumbria for the very first time.

"I was previously Head of Major Events at the Northwest Development Agency and worked on the early preparations for the Rugby League World Cup so it's fantastic to see West Cumbria also playing its part in hosting another world class major sports event in addition to The Tour of Britain.

"West Cumbria is definitely the place to be this autumn."

– Sheldon Phillips, Regional Representative, the Tour of Britain

“This Autumn is going to be an incredibly memorable one and we are delighted that the Western Lake District will be given such amazing opportunities to shine on a world stage.”

– Katie Read, West Cumbria Tourism Manager
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