Cracker Packer statue unveiled in Carlisle

Cracker Packer statue unveiled in Carlisle Credit: ITV Border

A statue has been unveiled in Carlisle on International Women's Day, Thursday 8 March, to celebrate women who've worked in the city's famous biscuit factory.

The Cracker Packers has been produced by artist Hazel Reeves of two female McVitie's workers.

ITV reporter Matthew Taylor was live at the official unveiling.

One of the workers is from past times and the other is from the modern day, both dressed in their factory uniforms.

The Cracker Packers - the name given to workers at the former Carr's biscuit factory - stand on a bronze Carr's Table Water biscuit, with the Carr's factory logo.

Hazel worked with past and present Cracker Packers to design the statue, with the support of Carlisle City Council, McVitie's owner Pladis and Cumbria County Council Archives.

The statue is privately funded, with contributions from Pladis, £65,000 from Sainsbury's and £5,000 from author Hunter Davies.