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Theatre by the Lake awarded two MBE's

Graham Lamont and Vicky Robinson, Joint Chair of Theatre by the Lake Credit: Theatre by the Lake

Keswick's Theatre by the Lake is celebrating after receiving another award from the Queen.

This is the second award for the company this year after Executive Director Patric Gilchrist was awarded an MBE in the New Year honours list in January.

Vicky Robinson, joint chair of Theatre by the Lake, is one of a group of people in the region to have been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

She has been recognised for her contribution to the arts in Cumbria. Her involvement in with Theatre by the Lake and the Lakeland Book of the Year Awards have been honoured.

Keswick School pupils publish their own book

A group of children from Keswick School have written and published their own book.

The novel, called The Reader, was written by 12 pupils. It had its official launch last weekend at the Words by the Water literary festival at Theatre By The Lake in the town.

The book has an ISBN number and will be sold locally and online.

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Everest sized challenge for Keswick pensioner

Lots of us have been inspired by the performance of the athletes at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

But a pensioner from Keswick has achieved a major ambition on snow, skiing the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest in a day.

Martin Jordan who turns eighty next month, actually managed to ski over 12,000 metres, one and a half times the height of Everest to raise money for Keswick's Theatre by the Lake.

Kim Inglis reports.

Veteran skier beats Everest

Martin Jordan, 79, has completed a marathon adventure in the Alps to raise money for Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

His aim was to complete a sponsored ski down the equivalent of the height of Everest.

In January he travelled to Söll in the Austrian Tyrol to attempt his challenge.

“I was initially joined by three friends, but carried on later by myself. This is when I ran into a fog bank and then had to pick my way. I was thinking to myself, ‘What are you doing here, you silly old fool?’ But I came out of the fog and skied down to the station from which we had started. Just as I got there the lift closed, so I took a blue run back down to the base.”

– Martin Jordan

His descent that day was 31,036ft (9,460 metres), topping his Everest target by more than 4,000ft, but on 30 January he went much further.

“I decided to go off on my own and just ski. I caught the bus at 8.10am, took the lift and started skiing at 9am. I had a couple of buns and a drink with me and went up and down the pistes all day. Each lift gate read my pass and a print-out at the end of the day showed I had done 41,435 vertical feet (12,660 metres). My total time was 447 minutes. When I saw the print-out, I was so elated I burst out laughing. Doing the equivalent of Everest isn’t all that impressive, but what I did on 30 January is. If it wasn’t printed, people would think I was telling porkies.”

– Martin Jordan

Money raised by Martin through sponsorship by Martin will be doubled under Arts Council England’s Catalyst funding scheme.

Veteran skier completes Alps adventure

A passionate sportsman, who will be 80 next month, has completed a marathon adventure in the Alps to raise money for Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

In one day, he skied more than 50 miles and descended more than 42,000ft, taking 35 ski lift rides on the way.

Martin Jordan had aimed to complete a sponsored ski down the equivalent of the height of Everest (29,029ft), a target he beat with ease on a day.

Expansion plans for Keswick theatre

The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick is expanding and building a new cafe on the site of the old tearooms over looking Derwent Water.

The theatre team say they are constantly having to look at new ways to bring in money as the arts budgets are being squeezed nationally.

They hope the new cafe will serve a dual purpose - to feed and water customers and to also help secure the future of the theatre and the community projects they undertake each year.

"Times are tough but we are confident that the Café will help ensure that the theatre survives and flourishes for many years to come. Its income will help plug any funding gaps and help us develop new business and new markets."

– Patric Gilchrist, Executive Director, Theatre by the Lake

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Extension plans unveiled for Keswick's Theatre by the Lake

A £700,000 extension plan for the Keswick's Theatre by the Lake have been unveiled.

The view of the proposed building from the Derwentwater foreshore. Credit: Theatre by the Lake

The plans include a new cafe with views over the nearby fells.

The interior of the building, including the view out to Derwentwater and the fells beyond. Credit: Theatre by the Lake

Full Report: Theatre prop up for grabs

A new home is being sought for a rather large theatre prop.

A life size replica of a locomotive is being given away by the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick at the end of a successful run of The Railway Children.

The Theatre is hoping train enthusiasts or a museum might want to take it off their hands.

However, as Hannah McNulty reports, the new owner will need a fair bit of space.

You can watch her full report below.

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