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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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£250,000 to boost whisky jobs

A new whisky distillery near Cockermouth has been given a £250,000 grant to help it create more than 30 jobs.

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CHEERS: Paul Currie, managing director of the Lakes Distillery, near Bassenthwaite

The Lakes Distillery, at Setmurthy, has been awarded the cash from Britain’s Energy Coast.

It will help the business to unlock a further £2 million of funding.

Renovation work at the former Victorian model farm is set to start this month.

The distillery, the first in Cumbria for more than 100 years, will involve £5 million of work to be carried out by the summer.

Production of a Lakes gin and vodka and Lakes malt whisky will begin as soon as renovation work is completed.

It will also house a visitor centre and bistro, bar and shop in a converted farm at the northern end of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Paul Currie, the distillery’s managing director, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this award, which has been essential to support our journey to become a renowned premium whisky producer.”

Earlier this week workers there found more than 20 quatrefoils – ancient lucky Celtic symbols – which the distillery said it will preserve.

A webcam has been installed so people can watch as building work progresses.

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