Cockermouth wins award thanks to team work

Main Street, Cockermouth Photo: ITV Border

Cockermouth has won an international award for the way the town's bounced back from the destruction of the 2009 floods.

The town won in the Community Recognition category at the Civic Trust awards.

Many homes and businesses were destroyed by flood waters when the rivers Greta and Cocker burst their banks in November 2009.

Since then businesses and community leaders have worked together to decide the best way forward for the town.

Cockermouth Civic Trust supported the Shop Front Scheme which asked all traders and businesses on Main Street to put up shop signs that were in keeping with the area.

This work was recognised by the Civic Trust at their annual award ceremony in Edinburgh this weekend.

Cockermouth's Main Street Credit: ITV Border

"It's yet more recognition of the amazing work that we've done since the floods and taken a disaster and turned it into a huge opportunity and created really good results from it and this award is the best one we have won so far.

"It is very significant and it is an amazing achievement to get this recognition."

– Darren Ward, architectural advisor, Cockermouth Civic Trust

Mr Ward's comments were echoed by the regeneration manger for Allerdale Borough Council.

"Since the beginning we have been working hard with local partners, the town council, the Civic Trust and local businesses most importantly.

"I think a lot of credit for the award has to go to local businesses a lot of them have put a lot of time and effort and money into thinking about the design of their shop front and it has really come to fruition.

"I think Cockermouth is now looking fantastic and it is great to be recognised by the award."

– Joe Broomsfield, regeneration officer, Allerdale Borough Council