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Stunning images capture Lakeland Festival of Light

Credit: Carmen Norman Photography

Volunteers have lit up three Lake Distict peaks to raise mone for people recovering from the earthquake in Nepal.

Around 650 people made their way to Braithwaite for the Lakeland Festival of Light.

Credit: Carmen Norman Photography

The festival which featured lighting Barrow, Stile End and Outerside was organised by Matt Le Voi of Lakeland Mountain Guides.

‘It was a cool and breezy night, and we were being extra demanding this year by requiring the people on the mountains to stay as still as they could.

"By the time the pictures were being taken people had already been up on the mountains for a fair while, so they did well to stick it out and bear with us. Their perseverance has to be commended."

– Matt Le Voi
Credit: Tom McNally Photography

This year the event team created the effect of Nepalese Prayer flags lining the fells, by spreading out pieces of coloured acetate.

Credit: Nick Landells

Event photographers Carmen Norman, Tom Mcnally and Nick Landells captured the procession.

Gerrard 'family complete' after birth of baby boy

Steven with his wife Alex and their daughters Credit: Instagram

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has announced the birth of his baby on Instagram.

Lio George was born at 4:55am, it's the couple's fourth baby and first son, Gerrard said that his “family is complete”.

Steven and Alex also have three daughters aged between 5 and 13.

Steven Gerrard Credit: Instagram


A footballing labour of love

Chris Smith from Altrincham has developed an unusual obsession. He's combining his love of football and Lego. And for the last 3 years he's been building models of British football stadia out of toy bricks. So far he's built 40 out of the 92 Football league clubs including Preston North End's Deepdale, which he says was challenging getting faces laser printed onto the bricks.

Deepdale Stadium. Credit: Chris Smith
Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road. Credit: Chris Smith


Canal boat festival

Credit: National Waterways Museum

A maritime tradition is returning to Ellesmere Port over the next few days. The Easter Boat Gathering is being held at the National Waterways Museum in the town. The festival will be the culmination of the museum's 40th anniversary celebrations. It also marks the start of the summer cruising season where many boats will set off to other parts of the canal network.

"Spectacular" floor tiles at St George's Hall

St George's Hall, Liverpool Credit: St George's Hall

Thousands of visitors will get a rare chance to see the spectacular floor tiles at St George's Hall in Liverpool. The hand crafted tiles in the Great Hall are normally covered to protect them during public functions. The 30,000 or so tiles were concealed in the 1860s to allow dancing and events to take place. The flooring depicts the Liver Birds, the Roman god Neptune, sea nymphs, dolphins and tridents in what was the largest Minton pavement in the world when first constructed.

Royal Mail pay tribute to racing legends

In the run up to the Grand National the Royal Mail has launched a new set of stamps in tribute to some horse racing legends. The stamps feature original artwork of eight champion horses achieving their greatest wins on UK race courses over six decades Horses making up the set include Red Rum, Shergar and Desert Orchid.

A collection of Gran National Stamps Credit: Royal Mail

The stamps launch in the year marking the 40th anniversary of Red Rum’s history-making third Grand National win. Known as the ‘Sport of Kings’, it was due to the 17th-century patronage of James I of England (James VI of Scotland) and Charles I that Newmarket in Suffolk developed into the home of organised horse racing.

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