Posted: 09/12/2013 19:40:41 by Nigel Nixon

The Lake District will be the setting behind a new sitcom hitting our television screens in the New Year.

‘Trying Again’ highlights friendships and love and all the tribulations of small town living. The cast and crew relocated to the Lakes for several weeks during the summer to film the show.

The eight-part series featuring comedian Chris Addison, Eastender’s actress Jo Joyner and Downton Abbey’s Charles Edwards will be broadcast in early 2014.

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Posted: 19/11/2013 19:53:05 by Nigel Nixon

A record-breaking powerboat pilot has survived crashing at 130 mph on Coniston Water.

Keith Whittle, 57, from Hayling Island in Hampshire, was taking part in the Power Boat Records Week when his boat flipped. The annual event has been running in the Lake District for over 40 years.

Mr Whittle escaped with minor injuries but his accident was reminiscent of Donald Campbell’s fatal crash in January 1967.

The accident was caught on film by a spectator and Keith reflected on the incident in an interview with the BBC:

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Posted: 30/08/2013 20:14:19 by Nigel Nixon

An American tourist was lucky to escape with only minor injuries after rolling her car down one of the steepest passes in England.

Holidaymaker Jane Lukic, 60, rolled 500ft down the descent of Wrynose Pass into Little Langdale, before her car came to a stop on it’s side.

Two witnesses raced down the mountain pass to the drivers’ aid. The Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team spent three hours at the scene.

Mrs Lukic suffered a broken arm, laceration to the head and slight concussion after the incident but was discharged from hospital just days later.

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Posted: 12/02/2013 19:43:45 by Nigel Nixon

An Ambleside volunteer has been declared as Oxfam's International Person of the Year.

Barrie Wendt received the accolade not only for his work at the Ambleside branch, at which he has volunteered for over 22 years, ever since retiring. But also for the business retailing systems he has developed and introduced nationally, which keeps over 700 Oxfam shops in the UK running smoothly.

Annually Oxfam receives £30m from its 700 UK shops, including £50,000 from the Ambleside store. Many of the shops 30 volunteers gathered to celebrate Mr Wendt's award.

In a framed citation, Oxfam’s Chief Executive, Dame Barbara Stocking, praised Mr Wendt’s dedication, expertise and willingness to train and support Oxfam shop managers and volunteers, which she said had made an incalculable contribution to the charity’s trading division.


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Posted: 12/02/2013 19:41:56 by Nigel Nixon

A GIANT picture frame is touring the Lake District this month to 'frame' the stunning landscape in the style of a work of art.

The large four metre by two metre frame is being positioned in various locations to show off some of the area’s most spectacular views.

A smaller second frame will also be touring Lake Windermere on the back of one of the public passenger boats.

The frames are part of the free Sine Dubio (without doubt) Festival of Art – a new ‘dynamic and interactive’ art festival for the Lake District.

Sophia Newton, of Sine Dubio Art, said: “The Lake District has long been a source of creativity for poets, writers and artists. We wanted to highlight this by framing the area’s breath-taking landscape and showing just why artists keep coming to the Lake District for inspiration.

The festival will champion the work of 15 artists from across northern England – including nine local Cumbrian artists. Claire Bentley-Smith, an equestrian artist from Leeds, will also be creating live art during the exhibition, as well as running classes.

The Sine Dubio festival will take place at Low Wood Bay, on the shores of Windermere, on the weekend of February 16-17. Entry to the festival, which runs between 10am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, is free. For more information about the Sine Dubio Festival of Arts, visit


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