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£15 million for mining prospects in Whitehaven

Coking coal is needed for smelting at steel works Credit: PA

Nearly £15 million has been raised to help bring mining back Cumbria.

West Cumbria Mining has raised £14.7 million for the first stage of the project it wants to open next to the former Haig Colliery in Whitehaven, West Cumbria.

The company aims to open the mine to extract coking coal which is used in the steel making industry.

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Professor Brian Cox welcomes Cumbria's nuclear history and future

The scientist, Professor Brian Cox, has told guests at the opening of a new exhibition in Whitehaven that nuclear power should be an important source of energy in the UK.

The physicist - and broadcaster - said the Sellafield Story exhibition at the Beacon Museum was a 'wonderful' way of explaining science to ordinary people.

Matt Taylor reports:

Professor Brian Cox praises Sellafield exhibition

Professor Brian Cox is an English physicist and former musician

Professor Brian Cox has told guests at the opening of the Beacon Museum that nuclear power would be an important source of energy in the UK.

The scientist, most famous for his TV series on science, said the exhibition at the Beacon museum was a 'wonderful' way of explaining the science and nuclear processes.

He also gave a lecture to over 100 schoolchildren and students of St Benedict's Whitehaven, Whitehaven Academy, Millom school and Lakes College.

The Sellafield Story exhibition and Beacon Museum have been officially opened by Professor Brian Cox in Whitehaven.

Sellafield Ltd have entered a partnership with the local council to fund the running of the Beacon museum for the next five years.

Protest outside Sellafield exhibition opening

Group protesting outside the exhibition Credit: ITV Border

A small protest was held outside the opening of the Sellafield Story exhibition and the Beacon Museum today (30th May).

The group, Radiation Free Lakeland, want other forms of renewable energy to be promoted.

They have campaigned in the past against nuclear waste being processed and stored at the Sellafield site.

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Prof Brian Cox to open Beacon Museum

Professor Brian Cox is an English physicist and former musician

Famous UK scientist, Brian Cox, will officially open the Sellafield Story Exhibition and the Beacon Museum at Whitehaven today (30th May).

The exhibition will allow visitors to learn about the history of the nuclear industry in West Cumbria. It will include archive material from Sellafield that hasn’t been seen before and presents various sides of the nuclear debate.

Bowler's bid to be crowned king of the green

Ben's goal is to become the best bowler in the world Credit: ITV Border

A crown green bowler from Whitehaven has stepped up his bid to become the world number one.

Ben Sherwen from Whitehaven recently became the European Masters Champion and is now among the top 50 bowlers in the world. The 31-year-old's long term aim is to become the best player in the world.

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