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Residents evacuated as Kendal fire spread

People were evacuated from their homes on Saturday evening as a major fire spread at Mintsfoot Industrial Estate in Kendal.

"There was black smoke and then there were flames appearing over the buildings and at about 11.30pm they asked us to leave our home."

– Ronald Barnes, evacuated from his home
Fire crews continue to work at the scene on Sunday morning Credit: ITV Border
The damaged buildings at Mintsfeet Industrial Estate Credit: ITV Border


Kendal businesses damaged in major fire

A number of Kendal businesses have been damaged by a major fire, which broke out on Saturday night.

Furmanite, Mardix and Westmorland Glass were all damaged in the fire on Mintsfeet Industrial Estate.

Fire crews battled through the night to try and tackle the blaze, and were still pumping water into the buildings as daylight broke on Sunday morning.

Credit: Joe Thomas
Credit: Joe Thomas
Credit: Joe Thomas
Credit: Joe Thomas
Credit: Joe Thomas

Hundreds expected at Cumbrian Home and Garden Show

Hundreds of people are expected at the Rheged Centre near Penrith today for the Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show.

The event has more than 60 interior design exhibitors over the weekend.

There will be a Gardeners' Question Time hosted by Cumbria's Eric Robson today, Saturday.

TV personalities Sophie Robinson and Daniel Hopwood, who appear on the Great Interior Design Challenge, will be giving talks on Sunday.


Anti-windfarm protest in Lochmaben

A number of people have turned out in Lochmaben to protest against the erection of seven wind turbines between Torthorwald and Hightae.

The 126 metre high turbines could generate enough clean energy to power over 13,100 homes every year.

Local MP David Mundell was at the protest, in support of the opponents to the wind farm.

"We acknowledge people's right to protest and are aware of the intensity of the feelings of those who object to our proposal.

" Our planning application will be determined by the local authority on the basis of its independent impacts and benefits and we are confident that this is an appropriately sited wind energy project with valuable local benefits."

– Airvolution

'I miss home': Carlisle war artist's powerful exhibition

An artist from Carlisle's showing the human side of conflict in his book.

Derek Eland asked soldiers to write their innermost thoughts on postcards, while he was embedded with the army in Afghanistan in 2011.

One soldier writes about "staying strong". Three days later he lost his legs.

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