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Crowds defy rain to celebrate Taste Cumbria festival

There has been a big turnout. Credit: ITV Border

Cockermouth may have been badly hit by flooding, but the town's celebrated Taste Cumbria Food Festival is still going ahead.

The event, which began today, celebrates local food and drink, and businesses that have been hurt by the floods have been invited to trade at the event free of charge.

Plenty of people have been there this afternoon, despite continued rainfall, and it's hoped their custom will help businesses to get back on their feet.

The food festival. Credit: ITV Border


Father and daughter, 2, remain critical after A66 crash

A 22-year-old man and his two-year-old daughter remain in a critical but stable condition in hospital, following a horror crash on the A66.

Adam Pearson and Ava Pearson, from Maryport, were in a BMW that was involved in an accident on the A66 near Strawberry How, Cockermouth on Tuesday (September 29).

It happened on the A66 between Cockermouth and Dubwath. Credit: ITV Border

They were both airlifted to hospital, and are now at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The collision was with a United Utilities tanker.

The 60-year-old male driver of the tanker, from Gosforth, was unharmed.

Cockermouth footbridge closed over safety fears

The bridge was re-opened in 2010 after being swept away in the Cockermouth floods Credit: The Toy Shop Cockermouth

Just a day after thousands attended the Taste Cumbria food festival in Cockermouth the town's vital footbridge has been closed amid safety fears.

The bridge was swept away in the floods of 2009 but was reopened in 2010 by HRH The Princess Royal.

It is unclear how long it will be until the footbridge, used to cross the river into the Memorial Gardens, will remain closed.


Man and two-year-old girl hospitalised after A66 crash

Part of the A66 was closed. Credit: ITV Border

A 22-year-old man and a two-year-old girl have been hospitalised after an accident on the A66 near Cockermouth.

The man, from Maryport, was driving a BMW, in which the girl was a passenger.

He was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle with life threatening injuries, and the girl was airlifted to hospital in Manchester where she is in a serious but stable condition.

The collision was between the BMW and a United Utilities tanker. The 60-year-old male driver of the tanker, from Gosforth, was unharmed.

The stretch of road between the Sheep and Wool Centre at Cockermouth, and the village of Dubwath next to Bassenthwaite, was closed at around 2:10pm, and remains shut.

Taste Cumbria to launch Christmas fair

Around 40,000 people attended the Taste Cumbria festival Credit: ITV Border

Organisers of this year's Taste Cumbria event are already planning their next festival- for Christmas.

The annual Taste Cumbria event pulled in around 40,000 visitors over the weekend, and gave the local economy a £2 million boost.

Cockermouth Main Street was packed full of food and drinks stalls, all celebrating local produce.

Now the organisers have turned their attention the new Christmas fair:

"Our producers have asked us to do something and our customers have asked us to do it so yes we're looking forward to that event.

"It's going to be on Main Street, lots of lovely Christmas food and gifts for your table so yes we're hoping that all these people come back again."

– Marie Whitehead, Events Organisers, CN Events

Largest turnout ever for Taste Cumbria

40,000 people enjoyed the festival over the weekend Credit: ITV Border

Organisers of this year's Taste Cumbria event say that it's been the busiest since it was first established six years ago.

Around 40,000 people have visited the food and drink festival over the weekend.

The festival celebrates local produce Credit: ITV Border

Food and drink stalls line the main street in Cockermouth, where the best of Cumbria's local produce is displayed.

In the Marketplace area of the town, there's also a hot food section, which proved popular once again.

Local cheese on sale Credit: ITV Border

The festival brings in an estimated £2 million to the local economy.

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