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Cumbria Day hailed 'resounding success'

Jamie Reed and Tim Farron organised the event. Credit: Tim Farron

A celebration of Cumbrian businesses held at Parliament has been hailed as a "resounding success" by the MPs who joined forces to host it.

All of Cumbria's MPs: Jamie Reed, Tim Farron, John Stevenson, John Woodcock, Rory Stewart and Sue Hayman, spoke at the event.

They each invited three businesses from their constituencies to attend, in order to promote Cumbria to the country's other MPs.

This day was a great way to show off the best of Cumbria, and to reach new audiences unfamiliar with the great produce our area has to offer. There was a real buzz at the event, and I hope it will help to provide a boost to the county’s businesses and tourist trade.

– Tim Farron MP, Westmorland and Lonsdale (Lib Dem)

Cumbrian businesses work hard all year round to support the Cumbrian economy and many were affected by devastating floods last winter. I am pleased to be able to facilitate this important national networking opportunity.

– Jamie Reed MP, Copeland (Lab)


Prime Minister takes part in Cumbria Day

Producers who make everything from beer to brie have been spending the day at Westminster for the first ever Cumbria Day.

The Prime Minister has been sampling different food and drink produced in the county.

The Prime Minister meets local producers Credit: ITV Border
Prime Minister David Cameron samples some Cumbrian ale Credit: ITV Border
The Prime Minister tucks into some Cumbrian produced food Credit: ITV Border


Cumbria's finest produce on display in Westminster

Suppliers from all over Cumbria will be providing samples of Cumbrian delicacies as part of 'Cumbria Day' in Westminster.

Grasmere Gingerbread, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cumbrian cheeses and Cumberland sausages, will join ales from the Ulverston Brewery company and Coniston Brewery.

One brewer from Cumbria has produced a beer which was recently named the best n Britain:

"It's vitality important that we shout loud about the quality of produce in Cumbria.

"We produce some of the best food and drink in the UK, and the small sample of food and drink here today goes to show the high quality of what Cumbria has to offer."

– Ian Bradley, Coniston Brewery

Cumbria Day in the House of Commons

More than a dozen food and drinks producers are showcasing their products in the House of Commons, as part of 'Cumbria Day'.

The event is being jointly run by Taste Cumbria, Cumbria Tourism and six Cumbrian MPs.

Sir Tony Cunningham MP, Tim Farron MP, Jamie Reed MP, John Stevenson MP, Rory Stewart MP and John Woodcock MP, all chose to host the special day, in a bid to raise the profile of Cumbria.

"Food, drink and agriculture is vital to our visitor economy. Recent research showed that £429m was spent by visitors to Cumbria on food and drink in 2011 - the highest spend of any other tourism activity in the county, even accommodation.

"Our producers work with our stunning landscape to create amazing and award winning produce, some of which we're proud to be showing off today."

– Mary Houston, Food Tourism Co-ordinator, Taste Cumbria
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