While the Lake District boasts some of the country’s most desirable beauty spots, it also stands as the backdrop for a number of beautiful yet mysterious art installations.
It all began in 2021, when an elaborate rock formation perfectly framing the view of the Borrowdale Valley both puzzled and intrigued passing-by walkers and hikers.
Photographer Carl Halliday, who runs a mountaineering business in the area, spotted the unique formation in May that year and shared images of it on social media, both of which were quick to gain viral fame.
Sharing Carl’s photos, the Borrowdale Institute then inspired the mystery artist’s nickname by writing on Twitter: “Do we have our very own #Banksy in Borrowdale?”
Speaking to Sky News at the time, Carl admitted that while he was usually against man-made structures in nature spots, he felt a little differently about the rock formations.
He said: “I usually have mixed feelings about man-made structures like this in a natural setting – as climbers, we practise a minimal impact approach.
“But I have to say that this was different.
“It seemed sensitive to the existing environment and complemented the already stunning views… It seemed to be constructed from local slate and, after all, the fells aren’t completely natural – with dry stone walls stretching for miles.”
Since their discovery, the stone sculptures have become somewhat of a local celebrity, as has the artist, who is yet to come forward and claim responsibility for the instalments – which can also reportedly be found up on Castle Crag and Raven Crag.
And more recently, a group of walkers stumbled across a new ‘Burrowdale Banksy’ stone formation overlooking the Buttermere Valley while hiking Haystacks in April this year.
A spokesperson for the Lake District National Park Authority said on the addition of the structures: “We’re aware of these new additions to the fells.
“While the artist responsible remains a mystery to us, we know that our spectacular landscapes have inspired people for hundreds of years.”
However, just days ago disaster struck; two walkers were dismayed to see that the Haystacks formation had collapsed.
The sad fate of the structure was reported by Nicola Crisp and her partner Freddie Forsyth, who had been on a mission to track it down.
Freddie told Cumbria Crack: “It was still not easy to find, but eventually we discovered it. Unfortunately it was all a bit of an anti-climax, as it had fallen down.”
It is yet to be confirmed whether the formation had been deliberately vandalised or knocked over as a result of the weather – but all we can hope is that a new one will pop up soon.
Northern housing estate so rough bus drivers were forced to stop going there
The services were fully suspended over the weekend following a spate of antisocial behaviour
A northern housing estate became so plagued with anti-social behaviour that bus drivers were told to avoid stopping there.
Two bus routes through the Swarcliffe Estate in Leeds were cancelled earlier in the year after teenagers reportedly targeted the vehicles and passengers with stones and rocks.
In a social media statement, First West Yorkshire announced that the 40 and 56 services would be avoiding the estate in both directions, citing ‘attempted vandalism’.
The tweet thread read: “SERVICE UPDATE – 40/56. Due to attempted vandalism, we are diverting away from the Swarcliffe Estate in both directions.
“So sorry for any issues this may cause on your journey.
“This will be in place until the end of service this evening. This is for the safety of both our drivers and passengers. I am sorry for the disruption caused.”
In a post on Facebook, Councillor Jessica Lennox, of Cross Gates and Whinmoor ward, addressed the vandalism, confirming that the 40 and 56 buses would be diverting around the area ‘as a result of some serious vandalism that took place earlier’.
Residents have previously spoken about how they ‘live in fear’ on the estate, saying intimidating anti-social behaviour is becoming worse.
One local teenager told Leeds Live of the youths who vandalised the buses: “They throw stones and break the buses whenever they come down here. I wasn’t surprised.
“Just the other day I saw three buses stopped at the bottom of the estate because they all had glass smashed everywhere. It had gone over a nearby mum and her pram.
“If you see a big group of people anywhere around here you turn around and go the other way.”
Her grandmother added: “Stones are always thrown at buses around here as there’s nothing for the kids to do… It’s really bad where big groups gather around the Co-Op.
“My grandson lives around the corner and he’s been attacked twice. We don’t really go out at night, and would use a taxi if we did. It’s not nice for the drivers or the passengers.”
Another resident, Keith Pettman, told the outlet that the estate was suffering major issues with antisocial behaviour, saying: “There’s some youths on the estate that are a little rowdy.
“They mess about with bikes and things like all bored teenagers do but I know they get in the way of buses and people.
“There’s definitely vandals around that will smash a few things up every so often. The field also gets ripped up and recently a load of dustbins got set on fire.”
Pub chain giving away FREE pints to anyone with one of these 50 surnames
Are you on the list?
England’s World Cup campaign got off to a flying start yesterday with a convincing 6-2 win over Iran.
Our Welsh neighbours – who are also in Group B with us – managed a draw with the USA, thanks to a late Gareth Bale penalty.
But goals aren’t the only thing to celebrate this World Cup, as a pub chain is giving away FREE pints to lucky fans who have one of 50 surnames.
Greene King is dishing out a free drink to anyone who has the same surname as a player in either the England or Wales squads.
If you have one of the lucky last names, you can claim a pint on the house at any point during an England or Wales game.
All you have to do is head to a participating Greene King pub with your driving licence or passport to prove your name.
Anyone with one of these 50 surnames can claim the free pint:
All you need to do is head down to your nearest participating boozer and show the bar your photo ID during any England or Wales World Cup group stage game.
You can find the nearest pub to you taking part in the offer here.
Will Ferrell appeals for spare room in North West to watch Eurovision
Got any room for Will?
Earlier this year it was announced that Eurovision 2023 would be held in Liverpool instead of Kiev, due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
Following the news, all hotels and accommodation in the city quickly sold out – with many establishments dramatically increasing their prices in the process.
As such, finding somewhere to stay during the annual song contest has become nigh on impossible, even if you’re a Hollywood superstar like Will Ferrell.
Will recently appealed for help in finding accommodation for next year’s Eurovision during an appearance on BBC Radio 2 to promote his new film Spirited.
The actor previously wrote and starred in the 2020 film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga, playing Icelandic singer Lars Erickssong.
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During the BBC interview, Zoe Ball mentioned how much she enjoyed the film, to which Will responded: “And it’s in Liverpool this year, isn’t it?”
After being asked if he wanted to go, he said: “You know my mother really wants me to take her to Eurovision, she’s dying to go and she’s always wanted to go to Liverpool.”
Will added: “But aren’t the hotels all booked now?”
After the comedian appealed for a spare room to stay in, Zoe said: “If anyone is willing to put up Will Ferrell and his mum in Liverpool or the Liverpool area during Eurovision.”
Will revealed his requirements: “We need a clean, tidy room. We’ll share a room – two bunk beds that’s all we need. I know we’re kidding but my mom would love that, she’d be thrilled.”
Eurovision 2023 will consist of two semi-finals on May 9th and 11th, before the final on May 13th.