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Locals get free stall as west Cumbria's markets grow

Mandy Robinson Photo: Copeland Council

A local woman from west Cumbria has moved her home bake business to the local market.

With help from the local council, Mandy Robinson from Egremont now sells her home baked cakes at Whitehaven Market, thanks to help from her local council.

The former dinner lady says it's a business she has been hoping to start for years.

I wanted to set up Dinner Ladies Cakes several years ago, this year my daughter is leaving home and after being a single parent I thought I have to take the bull by the horns, believe in myself and start up on my own.

I used to be a dinner lady at Whitehaven School and was promoted to assistant cook and made all the cakes.

Everyone I spoke to about my business said that it was a good idea so I looked into taking up stalls on Whitehaven and Egremont Market every Thursday and Friday.

– Mandy Robinson

This is Mandy's third week of selling her cakes at both Whitehaven and Egremont markets.

Mandy Robinson Credit: Copeland Council

It’s my ambition in the future to have a shop that sells everyone’s school cakes and the markets are a great way for me to dip my toe in the water.

I’ve had a lot of help from my mam and friends and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them and all my customers.

– Mandy Robinson

To celebrate the national ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaign, Copeland Borough Council will give a pitch and a stall, free of charge, at Whitehaven Market on the 18th, 20th, 25th and 27th of May and one at Egremont and Cleator Moor Market on the 19th and 26th of May.

The number of regular stallholders at Whitehaven Market is said to have almost doubled, increasing the council's by over 35%.