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BAFTA-winning director Ken Loach visits Cumbria

Ken Loach with the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film for I, Daniel Blake Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/PA Images

BAFTA-winning director Ken Loach is visiting Cumbria today, for a special screening of his new film I, Daniel Blake.

The film is about a man whose benefits are cut after he is declared ‘fit for work’, despite being in recovery from a heart attack.

The screenings will be followed by discussions about people's experiences with the welfare system.

I, Daniel Blake won Best British Film at this year's BAFTA film awards.

The screening will take place on Thursday 16 February at the Mirehouse Labour Club in Whitehaven.

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Pictures of Storm Barbara in Cumbria

Storm Barbara has made itself felt in both south and west Cumbria.

Here are a few photos we've received and taken ourselves around the Lake District and Whitehaven:

During Chris's cycle loop between Grasmere and Thirlmere Credit: Chris Taylor
Whitehaven coastline Credit: ITV Border
Storm Barbara brings heavy winds and ghastly waves Credit: ITV Border
Whitehaven's harbour amidst Storm Barbara Credit: ITV Border

Couple spring surprise wedding on nativity guests

A couple from West Cumbria surprised the congregation at a church nativity by getting married during the performance.

David Blamire and Chrissie Armstrong were playing the parts of Mary and Joseph during the Angels and Shepherds Nativity at St James' in Whitehaven.

As well as ‘playing’ the part of the baby Jesus in the Nativity Tableau, their daughter Daisy was baptised during the service.

The Rev’d Robert Jackson, Priest-in-Charge of St James’, was one of the few people in on the secret.

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Man arrested after stabbing in Whitehaven

Credit: ITV News Border

A man is stable in hospital after being stabbed in a pub in Whitehaven.

It happened at the Three Tuns in Duke Street in the town at around 10:40pm on Saturday 1st October.

A man has been arrested by Cumbria Police, which is appealing for any witnesses to get in touch. The force wants to hear from anyone who saw the suspect or the victim in the time leading up to the stabbing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for Detective Sgt Jim Rooney or Detective Constable David Matthews.

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