The popular food festival Taste Cumbria has been forced to cancel its second day tomorrow.

Organisers of the Cockermouth festival, which is having its first day today, have decided not to go ahead with tomorrow's day of events after severe weather forecasts.

A spokeswoman for the festival said: "We’re hugely disappointed to announce we have been forced to cancel day two of Taste Cumbria in Cockermouth tomorrow.

"The Met Office is predicting very strong gusts of wind and we cannot risk the safety of our visitors, traders and the town’s businesses.

"We never take such a decision lightly and we hate to have to do this but the wellbeing of all involved is always our most important consideration.

"We are so sorry to disappoint anyone who was planning to visit the event tomorrow.

"We are aiming to keep the market open on Main Street until 3pm today, weather permitting."

The festival's free concert with Rosehill on the Road is still taking place at Jennings Brewery from 4pm today.

The Cooperage Bar will also be open.

The spokeswoman for the Taste Cumbria festival added: "Thank you to everyone who came along today – the shoppers, the stallholders and their staff – and to the fabulous businesses all around this lovely town who support us so brilliantly at every event we hold."

"See you back in Cockermouth in September 2020."