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A tonic for Lake District's gin maker

A gin, made with spring water from Cumbria, has been named the best in Britain.

Vince Wilkins, director of Spirit of the Lakes which produces the gin, says the most important thing about the gin is the water, which comes from a spring near Ennerdale in the Lake District.

Below, he explains the process of making the award winning gin.

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Bidders await Blencathra outcome

The mountain went on sale on Monday 5th May Credit: ITV Border

Campaigners could face a lengthy wait to find out if they've been successful in their final bid to buy the Lake District mountain Blencathra.

Bids were sealed yesterday, after the iconic mountain was put on the market for nearly two million pounds by its current owner, the Earl of Lonsdale.

Waiting game almost over for Friends of Blencathra

After six weeks of campaigning and fundraising, the wait is almost over for the Friends of Blencathra to see if they have done enough to reclaim the mountain in the Lake District for the community.

It was put up for sale in May with a guide price of £1.75m.

Since then, supporters from all over the country plus some celebs have joined the charity to try to buy it as a community asset. Bidding closed at midday today (July 2).

Kim Inglis met three generations who have grown up visiting the mountain and want to make sure the next three generations have the chance to do the same.

Blencathra bidders to wait longer for verdict

The deadline for sealed bids to buy a Lake District mountain closed at midday today (2nd July).

Blencathra was put on the market at 1.75 million pounds in May. Its owner Lord Lonsdale did it because he needs to raise nine million pounds to pay an inheritance tax bill.

It prompted a group called "Friends of Blencathra' to set up a campaign to raise enough money to buy it as a community asset.

Kim Inglis spent the day with the group in Threlkeld.

Supporters submit summit bid to buy Blencathra

The deadline for sealed bids to buy a Lake District mountain closed at midday.

Blencathra was put on the market at £1.75 million by Lord Lonsdale in May.

A group called 'Friends of Blencathra' set up a social media campaign to encourage people to pledge money to buy it.

Kim Inglis caught up with Sir Chris Bonnington, who is part of the campaign, and the groups founder Debbie Cosgrove out celebrating the fact that their bid is in.

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Bidding officially closed for Blencathra

Bidding for the iconic mountain, Blencathra, closed at midday today (2nd July).

'We are very excited by the interest that has been shown. We confirm that a number of offers have been received and are confident that we can move towards the sale of this iconic mountain.

Now that the closing date has passed and offers have been submitted the next role for us here at H&H Land and Property as agents, is to review each of the offers, report them to the Trustees and await further instruction from our clients.'

– John Robson, Director of H&H Land and Property

Final bids to be placed for Blencathra

Blencathra went on sale on the 5th May Credit: PA

Campaigners fighting to keep Lake District mountain Blencathra in the community's hands must submit their final bid today.

The mountain, which is up for sale for nearly £2million pounds, was put on the market by the Earl of Lonsdale earlier this year.

The mountain went on sale on the 5th May. Thousands of people have already pledged money to buy the iconic mountain. Sealed bids must be submitted by midday.

£20million factory set for go ahead

Innovia Films will make the base material for the Bank of England's first polymer bank notes Credit: PA

A new £20million factory that will create 80 new jobs in Wigton is set to be given the go-ahead today.

Innovia Films will make the base material for the Bank of England's first polymer bank notes. Planning officers at Allerdale Council are recommending that planning permission is granted subject to conditions.

High spirits for company as Cumbrian gin is named Britain's best

Vince Wilkins back in the Lake District with his two award-winning drinks from the Gin Masters in London Credit: Victor Gibson/Spirit of the Lakes

A gin, made with spring water from Cumbria, has been named the best in Britain.

Produced by the Spirit of the Lakes company, the Bedrock Gin beat 40 rival gins after a blind taste test by experts.

The gin earned a unique Masters award, which means it received at least 90 out of 100 marks from the judges. Vince Wilkins, the managing director of Spirit of the Lakes has said that the award is a 'real feather in in our cap'.

It is the first gin to be produced using natural water from a spring at the Lakeland hamlet of Croasdale near Ennerdale, which has produced drinking water for several centuries. It also contains oak bark from Cumbria as one of 13 botanicals gathered from around the world.

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