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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Georgian fair brings Cockermouth alive six months after devastating floods

The hustle and bustle of Georgian life came to Cockermouth on Saturday for the fourth Georgian Fair.

Thousands of people descended on the town for the event, showing that Cockermouth was well and truly alive five-and-a-half months after the floods.

Townsfolk and business owners dressed up for the occasion and the weather stayed fine for most of the day, despite a few showers in the afternoon.

The fair was opened by patron Lord Judd of Portsea and town crier Keith Irving, in the Market Place.

Lord Judd said: “I am proud to be patron of the fair and I can only say good positive things about Cockermouth.

“Cockermouth has a fantastic history. it is a very real Georgian town and it is only right that we celebrate its heritage.

“It is good to see so many young people here who are taking part in the fair by dressing up.

“The town was devastated during the terrible floods and a lot of people could just have given up and said that Cockermouth was finished.

“However, the way the town has fought back and the support it has received is now known across the world.

"Within days of the floods the people responsible for organising the fair said they were still going ahead with it.

“It is not only a celebration of the town’s history but the fair is lending its support to this great town showing that nothing will defeat it or the people living here.

“We should look on the history of the town with pride and look to the future with confidence.”

There was entertainment throughout the day, which included maypole dancing from All Saints School, Cockermouth Brownies and Brigham Brownies, cookery demonstrations from local chef John Crouch as well as guided walks around the town.

Street acts such as Swash and Buckle, the Fairly Famous Family and the Pirates of Menzpants kept the crowds entertained throughout the day and bustling market stalls lined both the Market Place and Main Street.

Towards the end of the day, a costumed parade made its way from Market Place up to Fairfield Junior School playing field where there was a musketry display from the Forty Seventh Foot and Cumberland Wrestling.

The fair was brought to an end by the sedan chair race with eight teams battling it out in front of hundreds of people and was finally won by Turpins Taxis.

Barbara Leckie, 60, of Main Street, Cockermouth said: “It has been a marvellous day and have really enjoyed it.

“The street entertainers have been the best and I have watched them twice because they have been so good.

“There has been a lovely happy atmosphere and has been a good boost for the town following the floods.”

Andy Liles, 26, of Main Street, Cockermouth said: “It has been a wonderful day and it is lovely to see Cockermouth alive again.

“People have made an effort to dress up and take part and it is a good way to bring the people of the town together.

“It is a good boost for the town and we need anything that gets the town on the way back to normality must be a good thing.”

Becky Greer, 32, of Windmill Lane, said: “It has been a really good day and I enjoyed the Sedan chair racing the best.

“It is good to see a lot of the businesses open and so many people coming here to support the town.”

Have your say

On behalf of the Cockermouth Georgian Fair Organising Group I would like to thank everyone who took part in this weekend's events, whether as participants, traders, stall holders, helpers or visitors. The Georgian Fair is about celebrating Cockermouth's Georgian heritage, and
also about having fun. Thanks to all those people, that's exactly what we did and, on top of that, we were celebrating the recovery the town has made since last November and which we continue to make.

The strength of support for this event is evidence of the very real sense of community which Cockermouth has shown in the last few
months. It's a long time since we have seen so many people going along Main Street to Market Place (and back) and it was great to see so many smiling faces.

We really appreciated the traders who made a special shop window display to celebrate the Georgian Fair, and the many, many people who
took the time and trouble to dress up in Georgian costumes.

We appreciate that, even though we try to keep it to a minimum, this event does cause some disruption to the town and are grateful that people were prepared to accept that inconvenience and were still able to enjoy the Georgian Fair. It has been heartening to read positive comments about the event from both townsfolk and visitors.

Posted by Anne Meeghan on 3 May 2010 at 22:13

I would just like to say a big well done to everyone who took part in the Georgian Fair.
I watched events all throught the day, each just as enjoyable as the next. From the Georgian town walk, the Dean hand bell ringers, to the Sedan chair racing.
The only thing that spoilt it was the afternoon rain (beyond anyone's control) but true to form, things carried on. Again all credit to everyone, and bring on the next Georgian Fair in 2012. It just showed, that Cockermouth is back on the map, and open.

Posted by tracey atkinson on 2 May 2010 at 19:33

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