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We've now finished this service of Cumbrian news, travel reports, a regular weather forecast and the odd glance at the social networks until 08:00 tomorrow.

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Boat party returns to shore on Coniston

Martin Kinley from Kendal also tweeted this picture of the launch on Coniston Water returning today from the crash site where Donald Campbell died 50 years ago.  

Coniston Launch returning from the Donald Campbell crash site
Martin Kinley

The person shooting a video on the right hand side is clearly very keen to get an artistic shot close to the surface...

Hundreds remember record-breaker Donald Campbell

Hundreds remember "hero" and record-breaker Donald Campbell 50 years after his death.  

Hundreds remember "hero" and record-breaker Donald Campbell 50 years after his death.

Pylons will be opposed near scenic areas, says Cumbria Tourism

Cumbria Tourism, which represents 2,500 businesses across the county, says plans for new pylons could "threaten an already fragile rural economy". 

National Grid is proposing the 50-metre structures to connect a proposed nuclear power station in West Cumbria to the electricity network.  

Cumbria Tourism says it doesn't oppose the National Grid's development plans in principle - and welcomes the fact that high voltage cables will run underground through the Lake District National Park - but says the county has many "special qualities" which are being threatened. 

The organisation says it'll oppose the use of the pylons near scenic areas because of the impact they may have on locals, visitors, and the landscape itself. 

The National Grid's public consultation on the plans ends on Friday. 

Drunk driver banned for two years after overturning car

A man from South Cumbria has been banned from driving for two years after he overturned his car following a drinking session. 

Leon Menzler, 24, from Ann Street in Dalton-in-Furness, was arrested in the early hours of 20 December after he had flipped his car on the Elliscales roundabout near Dalton. 

Officers found him beside the car, where he failed a breath test by being three times the alcohol limit. 

Menzler told officers he'd drunk eight or nine pints in Ulverston, but still decided to drive home.  

After pleading guilty yesterday at South Cumbria Magistrates' Court, he was given the driving ban, sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid work, with combined costs and a victim surcharge of £170. 

M6 lane closed in North Cumbria because of a spillage

BBC Travel

One lane of the M6 is still closed Northbound between Junction 41 (Catterlen) and Junction 42 (Carlisle South), because of what's being described as a spillage.  

Lane one is closed, and drivers are being asked to take care approaching the incident.  

Get the latest here.

Cumbrian primary school 'now said to be making progress'

A primary school in Cumbria that was told by inspectors in 2015 that it "required improvement" is now making "good progress", the trust that runs it says. 

Braithwaite CE Primary School
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Braithwaite CE Primary School, near Keswick, was visited by inspectors from Ofsted before it joined the Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust, which is run by the Church of England in Cumbria. 

The trust's school effectiveness officer, Chris Ashcroft, spent time at Braithwaite Primary in November and says it is making good progress in addressing the Ofsted recommendations. 

The tranquil waters of Coniston, as fans gather remember Donald Campbell

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

This shot was taken at about 08:50 this morning, 50 years since the crash that killed speed record-holder Donald Campbell. 

Martin Kinley from Kendal was at Brantwood Pier, where he saw Donald's daughter Gina Campbell getting off a boat. 

She was on Coniston Water to lay flowers at the place where her father died. 

Martin also attended a memorial event beside Donald Campbell's grave.  

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Severe disruption: M6 Cumbria northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Cumbria northbound severe disruption, between J41 for B5305 and J42 for A6.

M6 Cumbria - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J41, B5305 (Catterlen) and J42, A6 (Carlisle South), because of a spillage on the road. Approach with care.

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Gina Campbell holds a mascot from Bluebird 50 years after her father's fatal crash

Gina Campbell was among a small party on Coniston Water this morning, where prayers were said at the exact time of the crash that killed the speed record-holder Donald Campbell, half a century earlier. 

She held her father's teddy bear mascot, Mr Whoppit, which was found among the wreckage of his boat Bluebird.

Gina Campbell on Coniston, holding a teddy bear mascot
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Ms Campbell said: "My dad did not do things for public display but I think he would be delighted to see the public here today.

"I'm so pleased and proud it's not just old fogies like me that have been inspired by what he did. It's young people too." 

Donald Campbell's daughter 'humbled' as she lays flowers in his memory

Gina Campbell has placed flowers this morning at the spot where her father Donald Campbell died on Coniston Water 50 years ago. 

Gina Campbell on a boat, laying flowers on Coniston Water
PA

Taking the boat trip along with his former colleagues and friends, she said she was 'humbled' her father's achievements were still recognised, exactly half a century on from his death

Search for man with Cumbrian accent, after sexual assault

Police are searching for a man with a Cumbrian accent, after a woman was sexually assaulted in Haltwhistle, just over border with Northumberland. 

It happened near Main Street at about 23:30 on Sunday night when the 46-year-old woman, who'd been standing outside a club, was approached by a man who dragged her into a nearby alleyway, and assaulted her.  Her face was also injured during the attack.  

The man's described as white, aged in his 30s and of stocky build. He had short dark hair, shaved on the sides and long on top, and spoke with a Cumbrian accent.  He was wearing a dark coloured short-sleeved V-neck T-shirt, and jeans. 

Remembering Donald Campbell for his many achievements, as well as how he died on Coniston

The man restoring Donald Campbell's boat after raising it from the bed of Coniston Water says the speed record hero should be remembered as much for what he did in life, rather than the manner of his death.   

The 46-year-old died instantly 50 years ago today, when Bluebird crashed on the lake at more than 300mph.  

He's being remembered today in a series of events taking place at Coniston and on the lake itself.   

Bill Smith, on top of the wreck of Bluebird
PA

Bill Smith hopes to eventually bring the boat back to Coniston and to the Ruskin Museum. 

 He's told BBC Radio Cumbria that today's anniversary is a chance to celebrate Donald Campbell's successes, as well as remember his last speed-run.  

Donald was the most successful water-speed contender in history, and the only man to hold both land and water speed records in the same calendar year; massive, massive achievements. And yet... nearly three generations only know about the fact that he crashed. Once."

Bill SmithRestoring Donald Campbell's boat Bluebird

Donald Campbell still warmly remembered in Coniston

The director of the Ruskin Museum in Coniston, that will eventually house the restored Bluebird boat in which Donald Campbell fatally crashed in 1967, has told BBC Radio Cumbria this morning that his memory is still attracting people to learn more about his achievements.  

There are not so many left now who knew Donald Campbell personally, but all those who did, remember him with enormous affection. And he certainly created a legend which the village still recognises, because it brings so many people to us."

Vicky SloweDirector of the Ruskin Museum, Coniston

BreakingFifteen-year-old girl raped in Workington

BBC Radio Cumbria

A 15-year-old girl was raped in Workington last night, police say.  

It happened near the Cloffocks car park just before 19:30.  

Officers are keen to speak to four boys who are believed to be of a similar age to the girl who may have been the area at that time.  

Police are urging anyone who was in the area at that time who may have seen anything suspicious to come forward.  

Gina Campbell

The daughter of Donald Campbell places flowers at the spot where he was killed on Coniston Water exactly 50 years ago.

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A placid scene on Coniston Water, exactly half a century after the tragedy

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Richard Postins told us he found out about events today to mark the anniversary of Donald Campbell's fatal crash while he was on holiday in Cumbria. 

He extended his break so he could be on the shore of the lake this morning.  

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'Coniston equals Bluebird, equals Campbell'

Donald Campbell is the key historical figure that most people associate with Coniston Water, 50 years after his fatal crash there as he tried to raise the the water speed record, according to the director of the Ruskin Museum in Coniston.  

Vicky Slowe has been speaking to BBC Radio Cumbria this morning, before events taking place to mark the anniversary. 

She says his heroic memory is proving an even stronger attraction than two of the area's best-known literary figures. 

It certainly brings people to the museum; he is a major draw. He's "competing" against Ruskin, and Arthur Ransome, to an extent. But for most people, Coniston equals Bluebird, equals Campbell."

Vicky SloweDirector of the Ruskin Museum at Coniston

'I don't think there's a day gone by when I haven't thought about it'

A man from Coniston who witnessed Donald Campbell's crash in Bluebird while he was a boy, has been telling BBC Radio Cumbria about the mental picture that has stayed with him all his life. 

Robin Cooper was just 11 in January 1967 at the time of Donald Campbell's last run down the lake. 

It's something that's gone through my mind every single day since then. That image of the boat coming off the water, somersaulting and disappearing into the depths, is something that's just stuck with me."

Robin CooperEyewitness to Donald Campbell's crash on Coniston.

A morning to contemplate, half a century later

John Bowness

BBC Radio Cumbria reporter

Anthony Robinson, a friend of Donald Campbell, stands at Coniston Water, 50 years to the day since he was part of the support team for Bluebird.  

Anthony Robinson standing beside Coniston Water
BBC

Campbell's anniversary remembered by Twitter users

Many people on Twitter are sharing news of today's anniversary. 

Some have a more personal link than others to Donald Campbell's life and death, such as Jane Symons: 

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Weather: A fine day in prospect

Here's today's weather for Coniston.  

The expected fine weather will be welcomed by those marking the 50th anniversary of Donald Campbell's death on the lake today. 

Weather graphic for Coniston
BBC Weather

After a rather cloudy start for most, it will be a cold day with sunny skies developing, and temperatures up to 5C.  

Most places should remain dry, and temperatures will quickly fall during the evening, with frost forming.

Check the forecast where you are here.

Donald Campbell remembered 50 years after his fatal crash on Coniston

The daughter of record-breaker Donald Campbell says she is "humbled and honoured" that his achievements are still recognised, half a century since his death in Cumbria

Gina Campbell will lay flowers this morning at the spot where he was killed on Coniston Water in the Lake District.

Newsreel photo of Bluebird as it crashed on Coniston.
PA

Campbell died at 08:50 on 4 January 1967 while trying to break his own water speed record in his boat "Bluebird". 

Commemorative events are taking place in the village, including a fly-past by an RAF jet. 

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