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Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Hopes of reviving Cumbria Day

Hope has not been lost that Cumbria could once again host a day of celebration to toast the best of the county.

It is a year since Cumbria Day was held in Parliament and Prime Minister David Cameron was seen sampling some of the best food and drink the county had to offer.

The success of the event, hosted by the county’s six MPs, ignited a flurry of interest, with business leaders hoping to turn it into an annual event to promote Cumbria.

Initial meetings took place and a survey of businesses was organised to gauge the interest for such an event.

However, the ambition did not come to fruition and yesterday’s key date came and went without fanfare.

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart said he had been unaware of any plans to make the event annual, but reassured businesses that Cumbria Day will take place again one day.

“In my mind it is something to be held once-a-Parliament,” he told The Cumberland News. “The idea was to host an event that would put Cumbria on the map. We wanted to get the Prime Minister along, encourage MPs from all parties and get some media coverage of the county. I managed to raise it at Prime Minister’s Questions and, as far as we were concerned, it did its job perfectly.”

Mr Stewart added: “I would love to do it again but I don’t think it would have the same impact if it was run every year.”

Many of those originally involved in the idea to make a permanent event were forced to drop out of the planning at early stages.

One woman, Louise England, yesterday sent tweets to celebrities and politicians to celebrate #CumbriaDay, but there was a muted response.

Have your say

A Cumberland Day and on a separate occasion Westmorland Day in Cumbria would be much better for the opportunity for travel to any organised events in any given region of the county. It would be very nice to get a bottle out, for two county wide events, than just a singular Cumbria Day... More. Derbyshire Day?

Posted by royl on 4 April 2014 at 09:10

Well I agree with Susannah, this county is too big and too remote and we've nothing in common with the likes of Kendal or Furness. We even have different dialects! Scrap the stupidity that is Cumbria

Posted by Gregor on 22 February 2014 at 17:02

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