The very best of Cumbria was showcased in the corridors of power at the annual Cumbria Day.
Led by the county's six MPs, Cumbria Day showcase businesses, organisations and food and drink producers at the 2019 Cumbria Day in the Palace of Westminster.
MPs, Lords, parliamentary staff and fan of Cumbria, the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, turned out to show their support at the event, which took place in the Jubilee Room.
Westmorland and Lonsdale MP, Tim Farron – who made a rousing appeal for MPs to attend Cumbria Day during Prime Ministers Questions – hailed the event as "another resounding success".
He invited Hawkshead Relish, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery and Pennington’s Tea and Coffee, to showcase their products at the event.
"As ever it was a brilliant opportunity to shine the spotlight on the most beautiful county on the planet," he said.
"There was a real buzz at the event, and I hope it will help to provide a boost to the county's businesses and tourist trade."
Carlisle MP John Stevenson, who asked Pioneer Foods to represent the city at the event, said: "Cumbria Day was another huge success with some fantastic companies showing the best of Cumbrian produce. I’ve had colleagues from all over the country tell me how impressed they are with what they’ve seen - and I think it goes to show how Cumbria is home to some of the best businesses in the UK."
Trudy Harrison MP – who represents Copeland – welcomed along Keswick-based cafe Kat’s Kitchen to Parliament.
Kat Hale, of Kat's Kitchen, said: "It has been a real honour for Kat's Kitchen to represent Cumbria and Keswick at such a special event in Parliament today and it was lovely to meet everyone who came along to sample our cakes and Goulash, which were all very well received."
"Cumbria is home to so many diverse businesses, so it was wonderful to meet and work alongside just a few of them to help share and promote our beautiful county."
"My husband and I felt very proud to be part of an event that aims to show off the amazing place that is our home."
Mrs Harrison added, "Cumbria Day 2019 has been a huge success and working alongside my Cumbrian colleagues to showcase our local businesses and world-class food and drink industry here in Parliament has been a privilege."
"I would like to thank Kat and Nigel from Kat's Kitchen for giving up their time to travel to Westminster and represent Keswick and Copeland with their outstanding homemade vegan produce."
"Last year, Cumbria and the Lake District enjoyed over 47 million visitors, bringing in £2.9 billion to the local economy and supporting almost 65,000 jobs."
"However, locally it is vitally important that we continue to back our independently run businesses throughout the year to ensure they remain on our local high-streets and in our towns and villages for generations to come."
Meanwhile, Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and the Border, selected the Appleby Creamery and Original Marquees to represent the businesses of his constituency.
He said: "This has been a massive success and I would like to pay a huge tribute to all of those who came. This is the fourth time that Parliament has played host to Cumbria Day, which is an important reminder of the very best of our county."
"Appleby Creamery and Original Marquees, between them, represent Penrith and the Border’s strengths: a vibrant agricultural economy and a genius for tourism."
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