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Carlisle's mayor steps down after 50 years in politics

Mary Styth photo In 10 days’ time, Mary Styth will step down as Mayor of Carlisle. Handing back the chain will mark the end not only of 12 months as the city’s first citizen but also a 50-year political career which has touched thousands of lives.

Last updated 13 May 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

The beat of the Cumbrian village

Charles Devlin photo At Ireby Festival two years ago folk duo Spiers and Boden were delivering one of their trademark footstomping sets, featuring swirling fiddle and melodeon, when suddenly . . . silence.

Last updated 6 May 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

How safe are our personal details on the internet?

Tony Wilson photo Computer gaming is supposed to be an escape from stress. But for millions of gamers, real life has just come crashing in.

Last updated 6 May 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Big time beckons for Cumbrian actor Billy Walker

Billy Walker photo It’s a sunny afternoon and as Billy Walker drives by in his Mini Cooper on his way to find a parking space he waves and greets me excitedly.

Last updated 29 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Alternative Vote: Why Cumbrians should have a say on its future

Rory Stewart photo It’s a row that has split political, divided parties colleagues and united enemies. May 5 gives us the chance to vote for whether we want to change the way we vote.

Last updated 29 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Revealing the lost treasures of Lowther Castle and grounds

Lowther castle photo Andrew Mercer is searching for solutions, as many have before him. “There’s no manual I’ve found that says ‘This is how you restore a castle.’”

Last updated 22 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Carlisle man Jonathan Kelsey is shoe designer to the stars

Jonathan Kelsey photo Two things I learn within a few minutes of meeting Jonathan Kelsey: Kylie has size two feet and he never actually met shoe guru Jimmy Choo, even though he worked there.

Last updated 22 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Trying to find peace back home in Caldbeck

Tony Vaux photo Tony Vaux is one of those people you see heading to – not from – a war-ravaged country, a crisis-torn area or disaster-hit region.

Last updated 8 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Are we giving Cumbria's depressed children too many drugs?

Suzie Hayman photo No one may ever know why Harry Hucknall ended his life. The 10-year-old hanged himself in his bedroom at Dalton-in-Furness, south Cumbria, last September.

Last updated 8 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Can Cumbria's students take on even more expense?

Rhiannon Griffiths photo Dan Varcoe chose to study unisex hairdressing at Carlisle College to learn a trade. “I want to make something of my life,” he says.

Last updated 1 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Carlisle Utd's Wembley final brings back stirring memories for ex-player Dean Walling

Dean Walling photo The rhythmic chants reverberated around Wembley as Dean Walling puffed out his cheeks and heaved a sigh of relief.

Last updated 1 April 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Would Cumbria benefit from the Lake District being a World Heritage Site?

Three little words can mean an awful lot. Take this trio: World Heritage Site. Sprinkle that over a place and it becomes a money magnet. Its status soars and visitors flock from around the world.

Last updated 25 March 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Cumbria-based author takes inspiration from visits to Sweden

Torquil MacLeod photo It used to be Rebus, Morse, Jane Tennyson and Wexford who we couldn’t wait to read, watch and help solve crimes. Now it is the detective work of Wallander, Lisbeth Salander and Sarah Lund that grips us in our millions.

Last updated 25 March 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Deepest thoughts from behind the lines

eland333 We are left with several lines of text, written in green ink on one side of cream-coloured card. The words were written in January. Two weeks later, the writer was dead. At each location, Derek fixed the cards to boards. Soldiers gathered to read their comrades’ minds, multi-coloured and fluttering in the breeze.

Last updated 18 March 2011
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Birds of prey a speciality for Cumbrian vet

Edda Pohlandt photo The drone of the passing traffic is soon forgotten as you walk in to Edda Pohlandt’s veterinary surgery. As soon as you shut the door, you’re greeted by the sound of a dog barking and birds squawking.

Last updated 11 March 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Alternative schemes could plug gap left by Cumbria's axed bus services

Rural buses photo It’s Tuesday morning in the Eden Valley and Ann Wilson heads to the bus stop to catch the 961 bus from Ellonby to Penrith.

Last updated 11 March 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Stress - the main reason Cumbrian schools pay millions to supply teachers

Alan Rutter photo The problem is apparent every school day. But its cause and solution continue to tax even the brightest students. The problem: teachers are off sick.

Last updated 4 March 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Out of the Lake District woods – a story of love, hope and survival

Claire Easton  photo When Claire Easton bought the Old Sawmill Tearoom, which nestles in the grounds of Mirehouse Estate and overlooks Bassenthwaite Lake, things got off to a glorious start.

Last updated 4 March 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Will anyone get the money to solve Cumbria’s hospital problems?

Peter Weaving photo For many years now, north Cumbria’s hospitals have been struggling to balance the books. (1 comment)

Last updated 25 February 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

Andrew Mottram - the man known on TV for tracking rabbit droppings

mottram photo Tracking an adder requires stealth, explains Andrew Mottram. “Snakes don’t have ears as such. They have cells along their body that feel vibrations.

Last updated 25 February 2011
Published by http://www.cumberlandnews.co.uk

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