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Carlisle to host Sunderland in pre-season friendly

The Blues lost to Sunderland in the FA Cup third round in January
The Blues lost to Sunderland in the FA Cup third round in January Credit: PA

Carlisle United's most high-profile pre-season friendly takes place tonight, as the Blues take on Sunderland.

Big crowds are expected at Brunton Park when United host the Black Cats.

United are currently unbeaten in their pre-season campaign after drawing against fellow Cumbrians Barrow at the weekend

Workington leisure centre plans could get go-ahead

Plans to build a controversial new leisure centre in Workington could be given the go-ahead later today.

A planning meeting is being held by Allerdale Borough Council to discuss the proposal to build the new facilities at Cloffocks.

The council say the new nine million pound sports centre would replace two ageing buildings and benefit the town.

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Today's forecast Credit: Hilary Baines

After a rather cloudy start it will soon brighten up with warm spells of sunshine developing for most.

Some patchy fog may spread to the east coast and Solway Coast. Maximum temperature 25 °C.

Cumbria Police praised for financial management

Cumbria Police have been praised by police investigators for managing their finances
Cumbria Police have been praised by police investigators for managing their finances Credit: ITV Border

In a report released today, Cumbria Police have been praised by police investigators for managing their finances.

The force is on target to meet all of its targets - including having to make savings of nearly £5m over the next two years.

A thousand free places for WW1 memorial service

People from across Scotland are being invited to join a special service to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War next month.

A thousand free places have been made available to members of the public who do not already have tickets for the Drumhead Service at Edinburgh Castle on Sunday, August 10.

The multi-faith commemoration will be held before a congregation of almost 9,000 people, including representatives of the armed services, veterans' groups, charities and civic leaders.

The event will replicate services held on the frontline 100 years ago when piled drums with draped Colours were used in place of an altar.

The service, which will mark the start of a five-year programme of commemorations in Scotland.

"We want to invite the whole of Scotland - people of all ages and in all corners of the country - to join us in remembering those who served during the First World War, to consider the significant impact the war had on Scotland and Scots around the world and to ask the question 'What do we learn from all this?'

"By making a thousand places available to the general public we can be certain that as many people as possible, from all parts of Scotland, have an opportunity to come and commemorate this important anniversary, upon which we and our children and our grandchildren may in years to come reflect that 'we were there and we remembered'."

– Norman Drummond, chair of the Scottish Commemorations Panel

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are organising the service, procession and memorial event at the request of Scottish ministers.

To find out more about the service you can visit this website: www.WW100Scotland.com.

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New planning order means 'things will be sorter where should be'

Residents in Cockermouth have become the first in the country to make their own decisions over planning developments.

They voted in favour of the Neighbourhood Development Order, which will allow them to change their shop fronts and business uses without having to apply to the council for permission.

People are hoping it will help Cockermouth's ongoing recovery, following the damage caused by the 2009 floods. Lori Carnochan reports.

Monday's Border Life on line

On Border Life this week, Gill Brown reports on how how horses are helping people overcome difficulties in their lives. There's a look at Eyemouth's traditional Herring Queen Festival and Emma Baker journeys to the river Ettrick to meet a smoked salmon specialist.

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