Businesses in Kendal have announced that they are open for business as the region bounces back from Storm Desmond.
As existing businesses re-open, Cartmel Village Shop has opened a new pop-up shop on Finkle Street until Christmas Eve selling seasonal treats and Cartmel classics.
Visitors to Kendal can make use of free parking at the Westmorland Shopping Centre Car Park during this weekend and on Boxing Day.
Local MP Tim Farron said: “Cumbrians are a determined and resilient lot, and it is fantastic to see many local businesses here in Kendal, many of which were deluged with floodwater just days ago, already back open for business.
“Although there is still work to be done in dealing with the aftermath of the floods, it is clear that South Lakeland is still the place to come – whether you are looking for a tourist trip or to do your Christmas shopping.”
A few miles away and Staveley is also hitting back after the severe weather damaged a key access route to the popular village, which includes Staveley Mill Yard.
David Brockbank, owner of the retail and business site, said: “The village is very much open for business as usual. The businesses in the Staveley Mill Yard were very fortunate not to suffer any damage from Desmond but our sympathy goes out to those people and businesses whose lives have been so disrupted.
“There was damage to housing and two bridges which has inconvenienced access and we are working hard with the Parish Council and Highways to repair them. In the meantime, we have erected signage showing that the Southern (Kendal) entrance is to be used for the Eagle and Child pub and businesses on the Crook Road, and the Northern (Windermere) entrance for everyone else.”
Other businesses in Cartmel, Keswick and Bowness have been using the Spirit of Cumbria website www.spiritofcumbria.co.uk and social media hashtag #spiritofCumbria to let their customers know that they are open after the floods.
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