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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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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Friends who became foes: A German Emperor and a Cumbrian Earl

Kaiser Wilhelm 2nd and the Earl of Lonsdale
Kaiser Wilhelm 2nd and the Earl of Lonsdale Credit: ITV Border

Much of the blame for World War One is often placed on the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm the second. But what's less known about him is his connection to what is now Cumbria and his great friendship before the war with the Earl of Lonsdale.

On a state visit to Penrith and the Lake District 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.

Special services to mark centenary of WW1

Field of poppies
Credit: PA

Thousands of people from across Cumbria and the South of Scotland will attend special ceremonies to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Sixteen million people died in the Great War, which started one hundred years ago today.

For a full list of services in Cumbria, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders, clickhere.

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