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The Lake District designated World Heritage Site

The Lake District Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/PA Images

The Lake District has been designated as a World Heritage Site.

UNESCO, the watchdog in charge of the register, made the decision at its annual meeting in Poland this afternoon.

It gives the area the same official status as the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

It's the third time the national park has tried to get the status.

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Competition for amateur snappers

Credit: Lake District Hoteliers Association

A competition has begun to find the best photographs of the Lake District in winter. The competition is part of campaign to drive tourism to the region. Entrants are being asked to submit the best snaps.

Credit: Lake District Hoteliers Association

The competition is open to photographers of all ages and split into two categories: over 18s and under 18s. So If you've got some Lake District photos you're particularly proud of and you want to enter the competition.. then click herefor more details.

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WATCH: Young shepherdess supporting Lake District World Heritage bid

A young shepherdess from Croglin near Carlisle has been nominated as an ambassador for the Lake District's bid for World Heritage status.

Twenty-four-year old Hannah Jackson is already one of 12 national ambassadors for the sheep association, because of her passion for encouraging young people into farming.

Fiona Marley Paterson went to meet her.

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Footage shows fast moving floodwater in Stalybridge

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Footage shows fast moving water in the town centre. Greater Manchester Fire service are warning people about the danger. They're advising people to take great care.

Bramhall Hall to reopen after £1.6million revamp

Bramhall Hall Credit: Stockport MBC

Bramhall Hall is re-opening after a huge restoration project, thanks to a £1.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The historic grade I listed building closed at the end of September 2014 to undergo major transformation.

The restored drawing room at Bramhall Hall Credit: Stockport MBC

New visitors will see changes to the historic rooms and the Hall’s features and architecture.

Two additional rooms have been opened up to the public. These are a Victorian butler’s pantry and a dining room that's been furnished with period pieces.

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