Kaiser's connection with Cumbria

Before World War One the German Emperor was twice a visitor to what is now Cumbria, due to his great friendship with the Earl of Lonsdale

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Kendal provides respite for Ukraine couple

A woman from Cumbria who set up a foster home in Ukraine 12 years ago has welcomed two of its adoptive parents to Kendal for two weeks of respite.

Genesis House was set up with the help of donations from the people of Cumbria. Refugee children are continuing to seek shelter there as the situation in war torn Ukraine worsens.

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Hawick stages Youth International Dance Festival

Hawick Youth international Dance Festival
Hawick Youth international Dance Festival Credit: ITV Border

Hawick has welcomed 60 young folk dancers from Lithuania and Belgium. Aged between nine and 18, the visitors are staying with host families and have been performing around the Hawick area.

Dancers from Lithuania
Dancers from Lithuania Credit: ITV Border
Hawick dancers
Hawick dancers Credit: ITV Border

Teries in Tartan, who put together the program, aims to create international friendships and build on current friendships following a recent visit to Lithuania.

Dancers from Belgium
Dancers from Belgium Credit: ITV Border

Air ambulance celebrates 10th birthday

Great North Air Ambulance
Great North Air Ambulance attending a callout Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

The Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance is celebrating it's tenth birthday.

The aircraft, which is part of the Great North Air Ambulance Service, has responded to four and a half thousand call-outs in a decade. There were almost 500 last year.

It's funded solely by public donations.

Thousands expected at Lowther show

More than 30,000 spectators are expected to visit this year's Lowther show ground in Cumbria over the weekend.

The show, which was cancelled in 2008 due to bad weather, was revived three years ago and now has over one hundred competitors in the carriage trials.

Organisers insist they are confident the event will still go ahead as planned despite predictions of heavy rain over the weekend.

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Carriage driver involved in showground accident

George Bowman
The incident happened at Lowther showground in Cumbria on Friday Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A famous carriage driver has been airlifted to hospital after an incident at the Lowther show-ground in Cumbria.

George Bowman senior, 78, from Penrith, suffered head and chest injures during a carriage driving accident yesterday and was airlifted to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary. His condition was said to be stable last night.

A 23-year-old woman was also treated by paramedics at the scene.

The war that turned two friends into enemies

At the time of the Great War the German emperor was Kaiser Wilhelm the second. But what's less known about him is his connection to Cumbria and his close friendship before the war with the Earl of Lonsdale.

On a state visit here, he was cheered by local people. But as war loomed, the friendship broke down and Lord Lonsdale eventually formed his own army battalion to fight the Germans.

Tim Backshall has been looking at the story of the friends who became foes.

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