A star-studded line-up will attend the 40th Cumbria Sports Awards this year.

Netball star Helen Housby, from Drumleaning, near Wigton, M-Sport managing director Malcolm Wilson and cricket legend Paul Nixon are among a number of sporting guests who will be attending the event on November 29.

They will be joined by people from all over the county and further afield to celebrate the very best of Cumbria’s sporting excellence at the Low Wood Resort & Spa in Windermere.

The nomination period for this year’s awards closed on October 21, seeing 115 nominations coming into Active Cumbria, the award organisers. Individuals from a whole range of sports and activities have been nominated, having excelled in their sport.

Richard Johnston, senior manager at Cumbria County Council’s Active Cumbria team, said: “The standard of nominations has been extremely high again this year and, as always, we are left amazed at the wealth of sporting talent here in Cumbria and the breadth of sports being represented.

"We have World, European, and national champions as well as county champions, and will also be celebrating the people behind the scenes who are the glue that make sport happen.

"Tickets for the evening in Windermere have been in high demand as we get ready to celebrate Cumbria’s sporting excellence."

The night will close with a talk show-style interview with three of the sporting guests.

England Netball’s Housby, winner of Cumbria Sports Personality of the Year in 2018, will be one of three guests in a question-and-answer session hosted by BBC Radio Cumbria’s Mike Zeller.

They will be joined by M-Sport’s Wilson OBE, and ex-international cricketer Nixon to be quizzed by Zeller.

Nixon, now head coach at Leicestershire, said: “I’m honoured and delighted to be attending and supporting the event to celebrate 40 years of positivity in Cumbrian sport.

"I’m looking forward to a great night of celebrating sporting pride in our county.”

Tickets for the event are £35 and include a drinks reception, and a three-course dinner.

They can be booked online at www.activecumbria.org/cumbriasportsawards.