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Getting into the spirit as distillery comes together

Cumbria's first whisky distillery in 200 years has taken a big step closer. Giant copper stills have been lowered into place at the Lakes Distillery near Bassenthwaite.

It's expected to created more than 30 jobs when it opens at the end of the year. The venture's been the dream of one man, Paul Currie, who's invested £5 million.

Lake District distillery is a step closer to opening

The stills have arrived on site Credit: ITV Border

The Lakes Distillery is another step closer to opening as the stills and other equipment arrive.

The £5 million distillery, based at Bassenthwaite, has launched a new pre-opening visitor reception ahead of its official opening in early December.

It's the first to be built in the area for over 200 years and will produce whisky, gin and vodka.

The Lakes Distillery is based at a victorian model farm Credit: ITV Border


Distillery to provide jobs and tourism boost

The farm building that will be converted into the distillery Credit: ITV News Border

Thirty jobs will be created by a new whisky distillery opening near Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District.

By next year the distillery, bistro and visitor centre attraction will be fully open, with the aim to bring more tourists towards west Cumbria.

The distillery, which will produce a Lakes Malt by 2018, is based the site of a former Victorian farm at the Cockermouth end of the lake.

The buildings are structurally sounds Credit: ITV News Border