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The fun never stops in Carlisle

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Here’s a round-up of just some of the exciting things which have been happening recently in the Cumbrian capital. Make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun things to come!

Darth Vader and Dr Who invade the city

Carlisle recently held its second annual Comic Con event, attracting hundreds of people to the city to see some of Sci-Fi and Fantasy’s biggest stars at the Richard Rose Central Academy. Among these names were Spencer Wilding, who plays Darth Vader in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Peter Davison, who played the fifth Dr Who.

Wilding, who has also starred in Harry Potter and Game of Thrones, said: “It’s the first time I’ve been to Carlisle and I have enjoyed it. It has been beautiful. Lots of lovely families with great kids.”

Fans queued up to meet the stars, as more than 1,500 people waited patiently to meet some of their film and TV favourites face to face.

Carlisle mayor performs leap of faith

Mayor of Carlisle, 73-year-old councillor Trish Vasey, was blessed with perfect conditions when she performed her incredible 14,000 ft skydive on Mother’s Day.

Speaking after she had completed the exhilarating experience, Trish said: “Apparently we had a perfect landing. I was overwhelmed when I landed, it was very emotional and I did feel sick but as far as I’m concerned it was a job well done and we got our goal which was to raise money for three good causes.”

Trish has beaten her target of raising £2,000 for the skydive, which will go to mental health charity Carlisle Eden Mind, and the city’s branches of the Royal British Legion and the Samaritans.

Students step up for sport relief

The sun shone at Cumwhinton Primary School near Carlisle as pupils performed a stellar routine to the official Step Up for Sport Relief song, as part of a full day of awareness, fundraising and challenges.

The flash mob was performed in front of the day’s special guests: players from Carlisle United and the team’s owner and director John Nixon. And afterwards, the team members joined the class in a series of challenges including egg and spoon races, space hopper races, skipping, dribbling, three-legged races and sack races.

The fun-filled event is part of a wider effort by the school to raise money for Sport Relief.

Pint-size dance machines honour NHS

In another show of child excellence, over 350 pupils from eight local primary schools spent weeks developing their own routines, which were performed at the legendary Sands Centre in honour of their NHS heroes.

The sold-out show featured a ‘thank you’ routine as part of Big Dance 2018, the eighth annual show of its kind. Performances were then judged by Karen Jones and Stevie Prickett from the University of Carlisle, and awards were given out in a variety of categories.

A street art revolution begins

World-renowned street artist Tabby has left his mark on Carlisle, literally. Ben Heslop of Carlisle-based Landmark Street Art commissioned the famous artist to create two stunning works on the city walls, and they have since gathered a huge interest.

The two pictures — a girl painting a butterfly on a building next to Laser Quest and a soldier walking on a banana skin on the former Guild building — have received an extremely positive reaction from residents. They have also led to an increased discussion about the importance of art and culture in the city.

Heslop said: “There has been no negative reaction, I don’t see how there could be. It’s such a positive thing, such a positive image, it’s been done for the right reasons and people are reacting well.”

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