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Funding saves city's festive tree
Carlisle Castle
The Christmas tree will be raised on the castle's walls
An illuminated festive tree will grace a medieval fortress in Cumbria after a deal to secure funding.

Carlisle Castle was without the traditional Christmas attraction last year, due to a shortage of cash.

English Heritage, which manages the historic building, has collected the 1,500 needed by contributions from local partners and stakeholders.

The 25ft Norwegian spruce will be raised on the castle walls on Friday, and the lights switched on next week.

Contributions were made by Cumbria County Council, Carlisle City Council, the Border Regiment, the Border Regiment Museum and the Cumbria Cadet Force.

Remarkable year

Richard Polley, head of visitor operations for English Heritage in Cumbria and Lancashire, said they were disappointed to have no tree laSt year.

"We couldn't afford the 1,500 to buy, install and light a tree from our reduced budgets and we couldn't collect enough contributions in time," he said.

"But we listened to the people of Carlisle and are doubly delighted this year to have been able to successfully work with our partners to ensure we have the money to bring the tree back."

It crowns a remarkable year for the castle - in January emergency services relocated there, after floodwater knocked out police and other emergency service bases.

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