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Prime Minister toasts Cumbria

It's official! The Prime Minister loves Cumbria.

David Cameron praised local food producers at Parliament’s first ever Cumbria Day.

West Cumbrian businesses showcased their products at the high-profile event staged at the House of Commons in London on Wednesday.

Flimby shoe firm New Balance, the Cumberland Pencil Factory, based at Lillyhall, and the Lake District Cheese Company from Aspatria were among those flying the flag for the county on so-called Cumbria Day.

The event, held in the Jubilee Room at the Houses of Parliament, was a celebration of the county and aimed to raise its profile.

It was organised by Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham along with the county’s other MPs, Taste Cumbria and Cumbria Tourism.

About 100 MPs and scores of guests packed into the event.

An ‘upside down’ Cumbrian flag was raised over Eland House, home to the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The day was then declared open by mountaineer Doug Scott, who lives near Hesket Newmarket.

It followed a campaign to launch an Associate Parliamentary Group on Cumbrian Tourism, which also had its inaugural launch.

Producers were chosen because of the quality and integrity of their Cumbrian produce with representation from across the county.

Mr Cameron told guests that he would have to go on a diet after munching Cumbrian pies and chocolates.

As the horse meat scandal continued to dominate the headlines, the PM gave a ringing endorsement for Cumbrian firms, urging people to buy local.

Mr Cameron said: “It is great to be here and thanks to everyone from Cumbria for making this day possible. You’ve come a long way to show off your food, beer, cheese and produce.”

Sir Tony said: “It was important to highlight how great Cumbria is and showcase the fantastic products we make in the county, as well as its appeal as a tourism destination.

“We hope to have put Cumbria front and centre in everyone’s minds.”

David Little, of the Lake District Cheese Company, said: “We were very proud to attend, it was a great day and very forward thinking.”

Liam Burns, business development manager for New Balance, said: “When there are events like this we are committed to go along and support West Cumbria.”

David Sharrock, director and general manager of the Cumberland Pencil Company, said: “We were delighted to be invited by Sir Tony to represent manufacturing and to fly the flag for Workington, our new home for the last five years, and to show that a tiny Cumbrian company can still be a global player in 75 countries around the world."

Mary Houston, food tourism co-ordinator for Taste Cumbria, added: “Food, drink and agriculture is vital to our visitor economy.”

Mr Cameron also spoke of his love for swimming in Cumbria’s lakes. He said: “I have a guilty secret. Every year since being Prime Minister I tell myself that I have to get to Cumbria and swim in one of the lakes. So far I have managed it.”

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John Check with the college of arms and the web-site I quoted previously. I am looking in to the right to use a "Coat of arms" for myself not my surname but from my forefathers line.

Posted by a yeoman on 18 February 2013 at 18:22

The flag pictured is the cumbria flag upside down, not to be confused with the cumbria COUNCIL flag which is a coat of arms. The flag flown at allerdale house in workington is the 2013 rugby world cup flag, workington is already the base for the scottish team

Posted by John on 18 February 2013 at 09:53

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