THE Cumbrian music scene is still alive and kicking, according to The Thieving Magpies.

Formed in South Cumbria back in 2016, the band played an incredible 150 gigs in 2019 the length and breath of the county.

But despite the challenges of 2020 they have still found a way to entertain their loyal fans.

The band spokesman said: “The surreal encore at 9.20pm– who would have thought that the day would arrive when you play an encore to end a pub gig at 9.20pm – home and tucked up in bed early.

“Equally, no dancing, no standing, masks on when not sat at the table, just sitting, being civilized, well behaved, relaxed and calm. Sounds boring?

"Well incredibly not – these last few weeks we have had some amazing experiences with many people pre-booking tables and staying for the whole evening and listening, appreciating and really enjoying the music – pre-bookings have meant we have known from the start that the event will be well attended and enjoyed by everyone.”

The new gig rules have been well respected by fans, and have been praised by venue bosses. Kathy Hargreaves, landlady of The Globe, Ulverston, said: “Lovely people, who totally respected the guidelines. l didn’t have to ask anyone to put their mask on, or sit down. Nobody wanted to leave but they respected the law. I’m so grateful to you all who totally respect my team and love what we do here at The Globe.”

Stuart Ward of the Miners Arms, Swarthmoor, said: “Not one word out of place, customers were being brilliant – the highlight of 2020. Jumped hoops to get it but fantastic.”