Cockermouth, along with cities, towns and villages across Cumbria, has once again been devastated by flooding this weekend. Having suffered at the expense of Foot and Mouth Disease in 2001, the town was first flooded in 2009, before essentially being shut down for road works from March to December 2014
You might think that the flooding of 2015 would be enough for local business owners to shut up shop and give up, but the spirit of Cumbria is flourishing in Cockermouth. The lanterns that symbolise Cockermouth by Candlelight began to appear yesterday outside shops throughout the town in a tacit show of solidarity.
Cockermouth by Candlelight will be host to Kirkgate Arts’ children’s lantern parade, festive musicians, Cairngorm reindeer, Santa and his grotto and vintage buses. Lakeland Hauntings will be hosting ghost walks around the Georgian ‘Gem Town’ and as many shops as possible will be open for late night shopping. Allerdale Borough Council have also offered free parking in their (unsubmerged) car parks. We can also guarantee snow on the night.
The Cockermouth by Candlelight team did not take the decision to hold the event lightly, as we know that there are many families that the flood has left homeless and distraught. It is for this reason that any profits raised from the event will be donated to the Cumbria 2015 Flood Appeal (http://bit.ly/1IN4qOR), children’s attractions will be free, and Lakeland Hauntings will donated their £10 fees to the Appeal. Huge thanks must be given to Kirkgate Arts, who were the original Cockermouth by Candlelightcharity and will now be collecting for the Cumbria 2015 Flood Appeal.
Our plea on behalf of Cockermouth is that people visit the town and ‘shop local’. If ever there’s been a time when we need support, it’s now and over the coming months.
COCKERMOUTH IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS and will remain so long after the news crews have moved on.
Sue will be attending Cockermouth by Candlelight. She said:
“It’s absolutely vital that people realise that despite the hardship of the last few days, Cockermouth is well and truly open for business. Cockermouth is where I do my shopping and I will be doing everything I can, both as a shopper and as a parliamentarian, to support flooded businesses and homeowners in West Cumbria.”
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