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Farron named Lib Dem MP for the year

The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said he was immensley proud. Credit: PA

The Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has been named as Liberal Democrat MP for the year.

He got the award for his work with deprived and unrepresented communities.

He was chosen by a panel of people from charities and other social organisations. The MP for Westmorland and Lonsdale, said he was immensely proud.


All things 'Westmorland' celebrated

A day to celebrate all things Westmorland is being held later this month. It's 40 years since Westmorland County Council was abolished and the area merged with Cumberland and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire to become Cumbria.

A day of dancing, music and dialect will be held at Kendal Leisure Centre on Sunday March 30th. Anyone who wants any information can email

Blind Kendal man praises braille ale

Kendal-based Derek Kingwell is blind in one eye and only has 13 per cent sight in the other. He says that is a brilliant concept and a delicious product:

“It’s unlike any other wheat beer I’ve ever tasted.

“Gently spiced, hoppy wheat aromas lead to hints of coriander, refreshing ginger spice flavours and a smoky, wheaty finish – it’s perfect!"

– Derek Kingwell

His guidedog, Uska, likes a tipple himself, but Derek says he wasn’t up for sharing his pint of Braille.

“This is going to be a big hit with connoisseurs of seriously good beer."

– Derek Kingwell


Braille ale is "all about flavours and aromas"

Richard Husbands, Co-owner and Head Brewer (left) and Ronnie Mullin, Co-owner of Bowness Bay Brewing at their brewery Credit: ITV News Border

Ronnie Mullin is the co-owner of Bowness Bay Brewing. He says the most important thing about the beer is the smells and flavours:

“As this year’s event is supporting South Lakeland-based charity Sight Advice we decided to enter into the spirit of things by producing a new wheat beer with some very different features.

“Not only will visually impaired people be able to find out what’s on the label, they’ll be tempted by some very exciting tastes and smells.

“We’ve used German and Czech Tettnanger and Saaz hops, with bitter orange peel from the Venezuelan island of Curacao, fresh ginger and rushed coriander seeds.

“This is all about flavours and aromas, obviously not how the beer looks. The end product is a very interesting ale, now enjoying some fantastic early reviews.”

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