It has been yet another busy and hectic week at the Westmorland Gazette, with our reporters continuing to provide you the local news you crave.

The fallout from last weekend's snow storm was the dominant feature of the news cycle over the past seven days.

There was also interest in new Ofsted reports, anniversary celebrations and award wins.

These are the top 10 most read stories from the Gazette this week:

1. Hotelier goes above and beyond

The owner of a hotel in the Lake District was forced to work for 24 hours straight so that she could help stranded commuters in the snow.

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2. Dancers show grit and determination to reach show

Students from a dance school in Kendal had to dig snow, grit roads and remove fallen trees to make it to a performance at Blackpool Winter Gardens.

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3. A chaotic bus ride

Two friends determined to enjoy their trip to Cumbria braved an open top bus ride despite the snow.

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4. Kendal College 'requires improvement'

A new Ofsted report has downgraded the school from 'good' to 'requires improvement', with the principal having his say.

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5. Special guests for Lake District hostel

The Elterwater Independent Hostel was celebrating its 10th anniversary, with MP Tim Farron visiting for the occasion.

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6. Snow beats celebration event

A 'Light Up A Life' event in Kendal organised by St John's Hospice was cancelled at the last minute because of the weather.

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7. Award win for Lake District hotel

The Castle Green Hotel in Kendal was named as the best location for weddings in Cumbria for 2023.

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8. Horse rider gets national recognition

A horse rider from Kendal was named 'Amateur Rider of the Year 2023' by the UK's oldest equestrian magazine.

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9. Milestone for Kendal flood defence work

Eight years on from the chaos caused by Storm Desmond, work on the 6km of flood defences in the area has made significant progress.

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10. Kendal BID bring festive cheer to town this weekend

Kendal Market Place and Finkle Street are hosting a Christmas market with around 20 stalls on Saturday.