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Thousands expected at Southport Flower Show

Organisers hope the show will attract around 50,000 visitors Credit: ITV Granada

Tens of thousands of people are expected in Southport for the town's annual flower show. The event was first held in 1924 and its the biggest independent flower show in the country.

Credit: ITV Granada

Melissa Woods, who's 94 and from Southport, remembers going to the very first show when she was a child.


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Warning for boat owners on Windermere

Windermere Credit: ITV Border

Boat owners on Windermere are being warned to carry out safety checks on their vessels and make sure they're in full working order ahead of the boating season.

The warning from lake wardens follows the 2013 Windermere tragedy when a mother and daughter died from carbon monoxide poisoning because of a faulty generator on a private boat.

SLDC Lake Warden Martin Dodgson explained the most common problem the wardens are called out to are over-heated engines after winterisation.

He says it is essential to have all engines checked and serviced.

"A boat's fuel, gas and electrical systems should be checked and maintained on a regular basis. It is important to make sure there is fresh fuel in the engine after it has been unused for a prolonged period of time.

"Alarms and sensors should always be re-installed and tested after winterisation; all boats should have fire alarms and carbon monoxide sensors."

– SLDC Lake Warden Martin Dodgson

SLDC's Lake Wardens have this boat check list:

  • Check the water tank
  • Test carbon monoxide sensor
  • Check the skin fitting
  • Check gas and electrical systems -check them regularly and make sure there are no leaks
  • Check the engine and have it serviced
  • Check life jackets and make sure theyare in date - check them annually
  • Test smoke alarms - fire can spreadquickly on a boat, even on water
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Deadline day for Lake District beauty spot bids

Swimming in Stickle Tarn Credit: ITV Border

The deadline to bid for seven of the Lake District's best known beauty spots is up today.

National park bosses are selling off the Stickle Tarn with a guide price of twenty to thirty thousand pounds.

Stickle Tarn has a guide price of £20,000 to £30,000. Credit: ITV Border

The other areas up for sale are:

  • Yewbarrow Woods
  • Blue Hill and Red Bank Wood
  • Blea Brows
  • Ladywood
  • Baneriggs Wood
  • Land near River Derwent
  • Waterside Knott

An artistic celebration in Lancashire

Pendle and its twin town of Creil, a town north of Paris, are wishing each other a happy 40th birthday by exchanging two unique sculptures.

Acclaimed French artist, Joel Couloigner, is bringing the new sculpture over by lorry from Creil next week.

It will be unveiled and the name of the sculpture revealed on Saturday 6th September at the Pendle Sculpture Trail in Aitken Wood near Barley.

Meanwhile, Pendle international sculptor, Philippe Handford, will return the compliment by loading a specially created sculpture onto the lorry for the return trip for installation in Creil.

Sculptor Philippe Handford survey's his work in Pendle Credit: Pendle Council


Mountain challenge for footballers wife

Charity events are a vital way to raise money for cancer research... and all sorts of people get involved. The wife of Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is the latest to do so. Carla Kompany was among a team who climbed Scotland's highest peak Ben Nevis. She and Rebecca Bishop from Macmillan Cancer Support talked about their adventure on Granada Reports.

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Skateboarder injures Kendal man

A man has been left with serious facial injuries after being hit by a skateboard in Kendal town centre.

The man was walking down Finkle Street on Wednesday 6th August when the skateboarder jumped off his board, causing it to fly up into the air and into the gentleman's face.

Cumbria Police is investigating and has issued a warning that "it is inappropriate to skateboard in the town centre".