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Lakes artist finds novel way to celebrate Herdwicks

Jo McGrath drew inspiration from her Lake District home Credit: Lake District Calvert Trust

An artist from the South Lakes has found a novel way to celebrate the regions famous breed of sheep.

Jo McGrath from Coniston lives on one of the farms bequeathed to the National Trust by author Beatrix Potter. And when she was commissioned to produce a work for a charity fund raiser she needed look no further than her own fields for inspiration.

I have painted many life-sized animals, but never painted on a life-sized model of a sheep. It was a fantastic opportunity to promote these fantastic animals.

– Jo McGrath
A flock with a difference Credit: Lake District Calvert Trust
Iconic Lake District daffodils decorate another of Jo's works Credit: Lake District Calvert Trust


Ringo's old home drums up plenty of interest

Ringo Starr's old Liverpool home beat its asking price to sell for £70,000 at an auction on Thursday night. The modest Victorian mid-terrace is where the boyhood Beatle moved with his mother Elsie Starkey. Starr learned to play drums in the two-up, two-down terrace at 10 Admiral Grove in the Toxteth area of inner-city Liverpool.

Ringo Starr's old house sold for £70,000 Credit: itv granada

Starr, born Richard Starkey lived most of his childhood and formative years at the Admiral Grove property, celebrating his 21st birthday party there and getting married from the property. And his home became a regular haunt for the band before they found fame and fortune.


Record breaker returns to Southport

He was one of the British stars in a golden age of speed, and today thousands of people in Southport have been celebrating the life of Sir Henry Segrave. It was 90 years ago on the resort's famous sands that he became the fastest man on earth. Sir Henry's famous Sunbeam Tiger took pride of place as that record was commemorated today.

Former England footballer rescued after falling in freezing temperatures

A former football star says he owes his life to the dedication and local knowledge of his local PCSO.

Tommy Banks, a former England and Bolton defender, became trapped in freezing temperatures after a fall walking his dog in Farnworth.

Police Community Support officer Derek Thomas knew the area well and found him. Now he's being honoured with a top award.

Sarah Rogers has the story.

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Campaign seeks to open up the Lakes to people with disabilities

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A campaign is being launched to try to make areas like the Lake District more accessible for people with disabilities.

It's organised by the charity, "Tourism for All", and is being welcomed by the Calvert Trust, which works with people with physical or learning difficulties:

I think it's absolutely fantastic. Obviously the Lake District Calvert Trust has been here for 40 years so we have great experience in helping make outdoor activities accessible for all, whether that's learning difficulties, physical disabilities or a combination of both so it's an absolutely fantastic initiative and we're fully behind it.

– Justin Farnan, The Calvert Trust
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