Posted: 27/05/2012 12:11:17 by Nigel Nixon

A £3.5million project to create 21st century visitor facilities at Windermere Marina Village has been hailed as another “landmark” investment for Lake District tourism.

Windermere Marina Village – the largest marina on England’s longest lake and in the whole of the North – has inked a major deal with the award-winning Barrow-based Leck Construction Limited to undertake an ambitious modernisation of the marina resort.

And both businesses have called on Cumbrian companies to go the extra mile in supporting each other during the economic downturn by using local firms and suppliers rather than sourcing work from outside the county.

In the coming months a new two-storey quayside bar will be built along with a 130-cover restaurant specialising in Cumbrian delicacies at the marina.

A stylish boating club house will be created with a range of new upmarket apartments for rental by holidaymakers, along with waterside penthouses.

The major project will create and safeguard around 30 jobs at the Marina and helps the 70-plus tradesmen and women employed by Leck Construction Ltd.

The news follows the successful granting of planning permission two weeks ago by the Lake District National Park Authority for a £4million conference centre on the banks of Windermere at the Low Wood Hotel.


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Posted: 15/05/2012 09:19:33 by Nigel Nixon

An outpouring of patriotic fervour is to be unleashed across South Lakeland as residents gear up for a host of Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Community groups say the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession to the throne has inspired a ‘collective nostalgia’ in town and villages.

The Westmorland Gazette has been told of 54 events so far and 18 street parties and outdoor celebrations have been registered with South Lakeland District Council.

It is in contrast to the apathy in the area for last year’s Royal Wedding.

Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria James Cropper said June 2 would give people in Cumbria an opportunity to celebrate the reign of the Queen, her long history, and her connection with the county.

“She’s remarkable and has been to Cumbria four times during my role as lieutenant. I’m hoping everyone will get involved in marking this event.”

Sylvia Emmott, chairman of SLDC, said: “We have a fabulous community spirit here in South Lakeland. People, the community leaders, that help run so many events in this area are behind that spirit.”

Bunting is already on show at Webster’s Yard, in Kendal, where 40 pensioners have been plotting their party for 12 months.

Mary Beavis, 83, said: “This is more important than the Royal Wedding because this is about Her Majesty and we’re all very interested in what she does. We all have memorabilia.”

In Windermere, final touches are being made to plans for a big outdoor party at the Marchesi Centre.Sonia Fallowfield said they were going ‘all out’ to enjoy their celebration.

“We’re really going for it,” she said. “We’re going to have catering, with entertainment, food and alcoholic drinks. We want the event to bring back that old sense of community.”

Meanwhile, more than 150 Union Jacks will fly above St Mark’s School, in Natland, as young pupils launch patriotic kites to the wind.

Head teacher Peter Barfoot said the children would dress in red white and blue.

In Ulverston, the Queen’s anniversary will see Victoria Park Gardens revamped and renamed Jubilee Gardens.

Ian Bradley, owner of Coniston Brewery, said they were running at full capacity on the run-up to the big Royal week.

Burgundy’s Wine Bar, in Kendal, will produce a special Jubilee brew and in Kendal the Queen will be portrayed in flowers. The Federation of WI members have spent more than a year on the project, which will include replica crown jewels.

An 8ft by 4ft plywood golden coach, similar to the one used to take the Queen from Westminster Abbey in 1953, will be placed at the entrance to Kendal Parish Church during the festival from June 28 and 30.



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Posted: 01/05/2012 10:13:20 by Nigel Nixon

A MAN who discovered a 48-year-old bar of Kendal Mint Cake in his loft believes it may be the oldest-surviving bar of the famous confectionery.

Peter Truelove, 68, of Windermere, bought the bar of Robert Wiper’s Original Mint Cake when he and a friend visited Kendal as 21-year-olds in 1964.

The pair were on a ‘boy’s adventure’ which took them from their homes in Kent to John O’Groats, the most northerly point on the Scottish mainland.

“We travelled the distance in an Austin 7 and it took us a week,” said Mr Truelove, of Hill Top. “The car only did 35mph at best and it was blizzard weather – the snow was coming into the car.

“We called at Kendal on the way back and we’d heard about the mint cake, so when we saw some we thought we’d buy a bar.”

Mr Truelove said he was not sure why he had kept the bar in a box in his loft.

“It was on a shelf as a memento of the trip but it’s been in the loft since we moved to Windermere 16 years ago,” he said. The bar is still in reasonable condition although some of the sugar is seeping through the wrapping.

Although the original Wipers recipe is still used, the company was sold to Romneys in 1987.

Managing director John Barron said: “We have been making it all these years and I don’t think we have any that old – it’s impressive.

“It wouldn’t do him any harm to eat it now but I don’t expect it would taste very nice.”

Mr Truelove said what was also interesting to discover was the journal he wrote while travelling, which documented the stop-off in Kendal. He said: “I had to record everything we spent because my friend and I were splitting the cost of the trip. It’s funny now to look back and see that someone offered to sell us a car engine and gear box for £2.50, and that 15 litres of petrol was 60p.

“Unfortunately, the price of the mint cake wasn’t included, although I did write that we’d visited and purchased it.”


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