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Town’s Transformation Captured in Print

A multi award winning heritage scheme is to be captured in print to celebrate how Cockermouth has been transformed following the 2009 floods.

Main Street Reborn is a new book compiled by Eric Apperley from the town’s Civic Trust, charting how the town has benefited from the Cockermouth Shopfront Heritage Grant Scheme. The initiative used the damage caused by the floods as a catalyst for the replacement of modern, poorly-designed shopfronts with ones which were more in keeping with the town’s historic past.

The scheme proved incredibly popular and, as a result, 31 flooded properties have undergone dramatic facelifts. Improvements to the shopfront of Number 1 Castlegate have recently been completed with works set to get underway shortly at Cockermouth Sweet Shop on Main Street, which will be the final property to take part in the scheme.

Allerdale Borough Council, Cockermouth and District Civic Trust, Cockermouth Town Council, Cockermouth and District Chamber of Trade, the National Trust and local architects and designers Day Cummins, Green Design Group and Red Raven Design worked together to ensure that the scheme was a success.

Cockermouth Town Centre Manager, Joe Broomfield, who managed the scheme said: “I am really proud of the impact that the scheme has had in Cockermouth and the awards that we have won. Credit must be given to the members of the steering group and the local businesses who participated in the scheme who have worked together to make the scheme such a success.” 

Phil Campbell, Chairman of Cockermouth & District Civic Trust, said: “The heritage scheme demonstrates the power of the community working together. I hope the journey which is detailed in this book will be of interest to locals and tourists alike, as well as historians and anyone with an interest in architecture. The heart of the town may have been torn out by the floods but this book shows how Cockermouth has emerged as an even better place to be.”

Allerdale Borough Council Leader and Cockermouth Councillor, Alan Smith, added: “This book is a fascinating trip down memory lane. The town is looking so great now that it’s good to reminded about what some of our shopfronts looked like immediately after the floods and how far we’ve come since then.”

The book will be launched at 10.30am on Saturday 15 June as part of the Civic Trust's Civic Day celebrations at the United Reformed Church, Main Street, Cockermouth. The Mayor, Phillip Graham, and Mayoress, Elizabeth Malloy will be guests of honour. The book will be available at this event at the promotional price of £5. The normal retail price will be £7.50.

The Civic Day event itself will run from 10am until 1pm. Its purpose is to promote the Civic Trust's activities in Cockermouth and to seek people's views on the future of the town over a cup of coffee.

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