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Solfest to return

The family-friendly three day festival will take place at Tarnside Farm near Aspatria. Credit: ITV Border

One of Cumbria's top music festivals is returning.

Solfest didn't run this year, but organisers have announced it'll be back next August. The family-friendly three day festival will take place at Tarnside Farm near Aspatria.

That's a boost for the region's music scene, as last year Cockrock and the Whitehaven Festival were also cancelled.

Town and Warriors to partner in 2015

Wigan Warriors will again partner with Championship side rugby team Workington Town during 2015.

Players from the Wigan team will head to Workington throughout the season to gain vital experience.

Last year several Wigan players including Greg Burke, Connor Farrell and Lewis Tierney spent time at the Cumbria club.

Workington Town will face Wigan Warriors in a friendly on 1st February next year, the final warm-up game ahead of the new Super League season.

"We are delighted that we will be continuing our partnership with Workington Town for the 2015 season.

We have had a number of partnerships over the years but this has undoubtedly been the best. It has been a reciprocal relationship that has seen us both benefit. The main thing for us is that the players have been looked after and have enjoyed playing for the town. We are very comfortable trusting Workington with our players and have certainly seen an improve in those that played there in 2014."

– Wigan Warriors Rugby General Manager, Kris Radlinski

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Five years without Bill: 'Time has no meaning'

The widow of PC Bill Barker says 'time has no meaning' when it comes to coping with the death of her husband.

PC Barker, a father of four, died when the Northside Bridge collapsed in Workington in November 2009. He was swept away in the flood water and his body found several hours later.

On the fifth anniversary of the flooding, Hazel Barker has spoken of her families grief and of the support she says she still receives from the public:

Leisure centre given the go ahead

Plans to build a new swimming pool and leisure centre in Workington has been given the go ahead.

At a meeting today, 12th November, members of Allerdale Borough Council's Executive approved the final design, voted to accept £1.5 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Strategic Facilities Fund, and signed off the total cost to the Council of £9.5 million.

“We had three options when it came to the future of the current leisure centre at Moorclose in Workington which is reaching the end of its useful life. One was to shut it completely and not replace it. Another option was to refurbish what is already on its last legs, and spend more and more. Spending £5 million would only prolong its life for five more years. Or we could build new, state-of-the-art facilities, which cost less to run than the centre we have already. To me it’s a no brainer. We need this new leisure centre.”

– Councillor Michael Heaslip, Portfolio Holder for Locality Services

Local contractors are being encouraged to get involved in the construction.

Furthermore, it's said there is a commitment to arrange visits to the site for hundreds of schoolchildren, as well as apprenticeships and work placements during the construction period.

Industrial accident death - man named

A man who died in an industrial accident in Workington has been named by police as Richard Brown, aged 48 of Bristol Road, Hull.

Police were called at 1:23pm to Howden’s Joinery at Clay Flatts Industrial Estate, on 11th November, following concerns for the welfare of a man due to a work related incident. Mr Brown was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Police and HSE continue to investigate the death. Mr Brown’s family are being supported by officers at this difficult time.

Police confirm man killed in industrial accident

Cumbria Police have confirmed that a man has died after industrial accident in Workington.

Police were called at 1.23pm today, 10th November, following concerns of the welfare of the man after an incident at Howden’s Joinery at Clay Flatts Industrial Estate. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are working with the HSE to investigate the incident.

The Coroner has been informed.

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Man dies following industrial accident

It's being reported that a man has died after being trapped under pallets at a joinery company in Workington.

Emergency services responded to the incident at Howden's Joinery at the Clay Flatts Industrial Estate.

The accident happened shortly after 1.30pm today (10th November).

A police spokeswoman described it as an industrial accident and urged people to avoid the area.

Industrial incident in Workington

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There's been a major industrial incident in Workington after a man was trapped under a pallet at a joinery firm in Workington.

An air ambulance and several other vehicles from the emergency services responded to the incident at Howden's Joinery at the Clay Flatts Industrial Estate.

The accident happened shortly after 1.30pm.

People are asked to avoid the area while emergency services deal with the incident. Police say there is no risk to members of the public.

Failings found at Workington care home

The Care Quality Commission's found failings at a care home in Cumbria.

Their report shows Harriets residential home in Workington didn't always deliver care in a way that ensured residents' needs and welfare.

There were hygiene problems including dirty furnishings and toilets. And residents' personal records weren't always kept safe and confidential.

Roseberry Care Centres, who run the home, say the level of care described in the report is unacceptable, and that improvements will continue to be made.

Harriets residential home in Workington Credit: ITV News Border
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