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Walk For Freedom march in Windermere

The Walk For Freedom route Credit: Walk to Freedom

Around 100 people dressed in black are expected to take part in a Walk For Freedom event in Windermere.

Organisers of the event aim to raise awareness of human slavery and injustice.

The walk is taking place in single file from Lakes School in Windermere to Bowness Pier.

Local businesses have provided packed lunches for the participants and free cruise vouchers for their return trip.


Busy weekend for air ambulance

Great North Air Ambulance Credit: GNAA

The Great North Air Ambulance was called out to three incidents in Cumbria over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon a 35-year-old man was flown to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary after suffering a neck injury while playing rugby at Carlisle Rugby Club. He arrived at hospital in a stable condition.

On Sunday morning a 46-year-old man from Preston sustained leg injuries after becoming trapped between two cars at Bowness-on-Windermere. He was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital.

The air ambulance was in action again in the afternoon when paramedics treated a 45-year-old woman who'd fallen from a bike near Ulverston.

HSBC to close Windermere branch

HSBC will close its Windermere branch. Credit: PA

Banking giant HSBC has announced it will close its Windermere branch.

The doors will shut on 21 October with the bank claiming it is not commercially viable for it to stay open.

Customers will now have to travel to Kendal for the nearest branch, a journey of around 20 minutes by car.

Local MP Tim Farron has urged HSBC to reconsider the planned closure.

When HSBC’s Ambleside branch closed in 2012, we were told customers would be moved to Windermere. Now they will be shunted all the way to Kendal. Elderly residents want to be able to nip in to their local branch, not spend hours on the bus simply to access their savings.

Banks must consider the needs of the local community before cutting ties with the areas they are supposed to serve.

– Tim Farron MP


Ten thousand take part in Great North Swim

More than 10,000 took part in the Great North Swim Credit: North News

More than ten thousand people are taking part in this year's Great North Swim.

Competitors braved the cold water to swim the one-mile course at Lake Windermere, in the Lake District today.

A 10k swim is being introduced on Sunday which is expected to take experienced swimmers around four hours to complete.

Lakeland reopen their Windermere flagship store

Credit: ITV Border

Kitchen company, Lakeland, has reopened it's flagship store in Windermere after a £1million refurbishment.

The shop attracts around 500,000 customers every year.

people in Cumbria are employed by the family-run business.

There's no new jobs that have been created here as a result of this refit. But obviously, a huge investment in the local area and that's been good for suppliers and other business contacts who will be part of this redevelopment."

– Bob Granger, Finance and Retail Director, Lakeland
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