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In four years the people of Cockermouth have used the catastrophic floods of 2009 as a catalyst to re-design the town centre.
Using a Heritage Grant Scheme the Civic Trust oversaw the replacement of poorly designed shopfronts with ones more in keeping with the town's Georgian past.
Now that transformation into a better, brighter town has been charted in a new book.
Andy Burn reports:
The transformation of the high street in Cockermouth following the floods in 2009 has been captured in print.
Main Street Reborn shows how the town used the disaster as a catalyst to replace poorly designed shopfronts with ones more in keeping with the town's Georgian past.
Using the Heritage Grant Scheme the Civic Trust succesfully took on 31 properties to give the town a facelift.
Darren Ward is the Civic Trust Architectural Advisor and he believes the town is now better than it used to be:
The Cockermouth Shopfront Heritage Grant Scheme used the damage caused by the 2009 floods as a catalyst to replace poorly designed and modern shopfronts with ones in keeping with the town's historic past.
Number 1 Castlegate was given a dramatic facelift, alongside 30 other shopfronts.
Work is about to begin at Cockermouth Sweet Shop on Main Street, which will be the final property to take part in the scheme.
A heritage scheme has shown how Cockermouth used the floods of 2009 as a catalyst to transform the high street.
Main Street Reborn is a new book charting how the town has benefited from the Cockermouth Shopfront Scheme since the devastation.
The scheme allowed modern, poorly designed shopfronts to be replaced with ones more in keeping with the town's historic past.
In total, 31 flooded properties have been given a dramatic facelift.