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John Hastings

Xmas lights and quality entertainment bring glorious sparkle to Carlisle

This year's Christmas Lights Switch On at Carlisle will go down as one to remember for a very long time to come.

Not even the inclement weather conditions could dampen the hearty enthusiasm of those who assembled outside The Old Town Hall in Carlisle City Centre for an afternoon of top class local and national entertainment.... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: November 24, 2015

Last once more - but personal best is top moment as memories of loved ones are honoured

It's been nearly a fortnight, but the memories of my fifth Great Cumbrian Run are still fondly vivid - and breaking four hours for the first time is my proudest moment EVER.

On arrival at Carlisle Castle an hour before the race began, I was quietly confident of breaking four-and-a-half hours, so to cross the finish line in a new... [more] (1 comment)

By John Hastings
Published: October 16, 2015

Ready for 13.1 miles of pain, toil and sweat - but all worth it for a cause close to me personally

On the morning of Sunday, October 4, I shall be at Carlisle Castle alongside at least 2,000 other hearty souls limbering up for the local treasure that is the Great Cumbrian Run.

This will be my fifth journey through 13.1 miles since 2008 and as with previous years I am completing the race in aid of Cancer Research UK - a cause deeply... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: October 2, 2015

Awesome Friday night at Egremont Crab Fair topped off with a wish come true

Congratulations to everyone connected with the venerable Egremont Crab Fair in making my first visit an experience that I will always remember with unlimited fondness.

Since 1267, the fair has become a firmly entrenched institution of Cumbrian life and culture, with thousands travelling from all over the world to witness and sample the... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: October 1, 2015

Proud to be part of another memorable day as the quest for equality continues

Saturday 20 June, 2015 will go down in history as the day that the fifth Cumbria Pride ultimately became not just part of the county's entertainment scene, but also a fully fledged fixture of the Pride family.

As a dedicated Straight Ally with so many LGBT friends, I have backed Cumbria Pride from its humble beginnings at the Swallow... [more]

By John Hastings
Published: July 2, 2015
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Will you be joining in the Black Friday spree?

Yes - great chance to bag a bargain

No - I'll be giving it a wide berth

I've done all my Christmas shopping already!

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