Cockermouth gets in a jam to celebrate twimming links
Last updated at 10:18, Friday, 30 August 2013
A range of jam which has been produced for Cockermouth’s 30th anniversary twinning trip to Marvejols has proved so popular that more has had to be ordered.
The jam has been made with walnuts from Cockermouth’s French twin town and plums and oranges grown locally.
It has been put together by Wigton company Wild and Fruitful.
It has been on sale in Cockermouth’s Tourist Information Centre and proved so popular that Sheila Brown, town clerk and secretary of the twinning committee, has had to order more stock to take to France for anniversary celebrations in October.
She originally ordered 60 jars and then two further batches of 24.
The idea came after a group of Marvejols traders visited the Taste Cumbria food festival last September, while some Cockermothians visited the French town in February.
Mrs Brown said: “A meeting was held after those two visits and we talked about the benefits that we could introduce to both towns and it went from there.
“Having the jam makes us special and shows how links work. We will take as many jars as we have over to France.”
Other Cockermouth ranges started with a tea towel and mug designed by Bothel artist Victor de Quincey and now include thimbles, a spoon rest, bookmarks and fridge magnets.
About 70 people will travel to France for the anniversary celebrations, leaving on October 26 and returning on November 3.
They will plant daffodils outside the town hall, take part in a civic reception and have an anniversary dinner.
There are still places left on the trip and anyone wanting to go should contact Mrs Brown on 01900 821869.
First published at 10:12, Friday, 30 August 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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