The last few days have seen an improvement in the amount of Regional News- coverage given to the northern half of North West England by BBC North West Tonight. Even the Keswick outlook forecast has come back into Owain Evans weather- forecast!
This evening, Roger Johnson had a piece on schools re-opening in Blackpool and a noteworthy piece about two people crossing Cumbria using small inflatable dingies called packrafts. All of the places they traversed were covered, right up to the Solway Firth- which is near the northern edge of the English North West: One could assert that the entire North West of England was covered effectively- as indeed at the other end of North West England there was also a news- feature of the Arley Hall botanical gardens near Northwich in Cheshire (and North West England does not extend further south than Cheshire).
Yesterday, the more Cumbria-sympathetic Steven Saul included a piece on a young man called Alex Staniforth climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdonia in North Wales- and running all the distance between these mountains (the highest in Scotland, England and Wales respectively). He completed this great athletic feat in nine days, 12 hours and 51 minutes and raised money for a Mental Health charity in the process. Steven Saul included this little piece on Alex Staniforth in Cumbria (including at the Scottish Border) in a short Bank-Holiday bulletin of just six minutes’ duration.
Recent days have also seen coverage of tourists littering in the Lake District, the Lake District’s three famous spaniels and there was even a link on the BBC North West Twitter feed of the Missing Lancashire Cat that ended up at Falcon Vets in Carlisle (though this item did not actually make the news). What is remarkable is that much of this coverage happened over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
However, Cumbrian and North Lancastrian viewers of BBC North West Tonight have had such “false dawns” before: Let’s see if it is sustained and that more Cumbrian and North Lancastrian news finds its way into the BBC Regional News bulletins for North West England on a regular basis.