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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.


Man arrested after stabbing in Whitehaven

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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.


Dummy protest over potential maternity cuts

A garden fence in Cleator Moor, decorated with dummies in support of the campaign Credit: ITV Border

A campaign group is hanging children's dummies in public places around Whitehaven to protest about possible cuts to maternity services in west Cumbria.

Several options are currently being considered for the future of the West Cumberland Hospital including transferring some maternity services to Carlisle.

The hospital previously removed the dummies and said they will continue to do so.

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