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Lake District World Heritage status bid to be decided

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The Lake District will find out in the next few days whether it has been successful in its bid to become a World Heritage Site.

It's the third time the park has tried to get the status from UNESCO, which is meeting now in Krakow in Poland to make a decision.

If the bid was successful, it would give the Lake District the same official status as the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China.

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World Heritage Sites can be landscapes, places or buildings, which are seen as an irreplaceable source of life and inspiration which must be passed on to future generations.

If granted, it's hoped any benefits will have a knock on effect to neighbouring towns and villages in the Lake District.

Two thirds of Copeland lies within the national park boundary, but outlying towns and villages like Frizington, Whitehaven and Egremont, are calling out for extra investment.

Cleator Moor is now left as a town on the edge of the Lake District but with not a great lot here that would attract the tourists away from the Windermere, Keswick, Ambleside area of the Lake District.'

– David Farrell, shop owner
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sites across the globe have World Heritage Site status.

Here are some of the World Heritage Sites that the Lake District could be joining:

  • Statue of Liberty - New York City
  • Machu Pichu sanctuary - Peru
  • Taj Mahal - India
  • Stonehenge - England
  • Chichen Itza - Mexico
  • The Great Pyramids of Giza - Egypt