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Workington floods soldiers return to town

PC Bill Barker died in the floods. Credit: Hazel Barker

Soldiers who were involved in building a temporary footbridge in Workington after the floods of 2009 are returning to the town for the first time.

The soldiers returned to the town. Credit: ITV Border

People were unable to cross the river for 18 days after all the bridges were either damaged or washed away.

It was named the Barker Crossing after the police officer who died in the floods.


Workington theatre group secure £0.5 million funding

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A theatre group in Workington is celebrating the start of a major refurbishment on the Theatre Royal.

Workington theatre group is celebrating the start of major refurbishment on the Theatre Royal. Workington Playgoers have secured half a million pounds worth of funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

The transformation of the 150-year-old theatre should be completed later this year.

Campaign to save Workington Magistrates Court launched

A campaign to save Workington's West Cumbria Magistrates Court has been launched.

The court faces the axe under government proposals to close 18 court buildings across England and Wales in a bid to cut losses, including in Workington and Kendal.

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Workington MP Sue Hayman is working with magistrates to campaign against the closure. They say it would leave defendants and witnesses with up to 90-mile round trips to Carlisle.

If the courts in Workington and Kendal were to close it would leave Cumbria with two magistrates courts – in Carlisle and Barrow.

HM Courts and Tribunal Service say that the majority of courts being consulted on are not being used for at least two thirds of the time.

Southfield Technology College out of special measures

Southfield Technology College. Credit: ITV Border

A Workington school has been taken out of special measures... just two weeks before it's due to close.

Ofsted inspectors found improvements were still needed at Southfield Technology College, but that it is no longer failing.

It was put into special measures in January 2014.

It'll close at the end of term, to be replaced by a new academy that will open in September.

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