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This derelict hotel is costing taxpayers more than £250k

The Central Plaza, Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

Keeping a derelict Carlisle hotel safe has cost taxpayers more than a quarter of a million pounds. The Central Plaza closed in 2004 and has been empty ever since.

Carlisle City Council has revealed it's spent money on the site on 11 separate occasions over the past six years. Funding has paid for repairs to scaffolding and demolition work.

WATCH: Exhibition celebrates Old Fire Station's history

Carlisle's Old Fire Station is already enjoying a new lease of life as a venue for the arts. And now, it's celebrating its history as well.

Photographs spanning more than sixty years have just gone on permanent display there. It means the building's past won't be forgotten. Charlotte Briere-Edney reports.

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Dynamo brings his book of secrets to signing in Carlisle

Dynamo is at WHSmith from 4pm today Credit: PA

The world famous magician and illusionist Dynamo is visiting Carlisle today to sign copies of his new book Dynamo: The Book of Secrets.

He's famous for his show "Dynamo: Mission Impossible" on the Watch Channel and more so for appearing to walk across river Thames in one of his incredible stunts.

The new release is set to be published on Thursday 2 November and is said to give away some of the secrets behind his most well known illusions.

Fans can meet Dynamo at WHSmith from 4pm today.

Meet the stars of this year's Carlisle Christmas panto

Tickets are on sale now Credit: ITV Border

The Sands Centre Christmas pantomime returns to Carlisle this December to tell the famous fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty.

This year's show will star Carlisle's 1990s popstar Lee Brenan, as the prince, and former Eastenders actress Chery Fergison (Heather Trott) as the wicked fairy.

They will be joined by breakfast DJ, Robbie Dee, who plays the Dame, and Dean Winters, as the Jester.

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