A feast for residents and visitors
IT was a colourful weekend in Penrith in more ways than one — and a couple of days which showed the town and its residents at their best.
Firstly, thousands of people descended on the town’s streets a couple weeks ago for the Penrith on a Plate food festival, encouraged by brilliant sunshine and an impressive array of displays, stalls and, of course, tempting things to eat.
This was a perfect advertisement for the skills of the area’s food and drink producers, helped in no small measure by the superb floral displays which have been a feature of the town in recent weeks in preparation for a visit by the Cumbria in Bloom judges.
Put together, these features have instilled an overdue feeling of pride in Penrith and sincere thanks are due to the organisers; businesses which have come forward with money in support of the initiatives; and volunteers who have not only helped make the town beautiful but have offered such a warm welcome to visitors.
The food festival, which culminates neatly at Penrith show today, has been a perfect example of what can be achieved when public and private sectors work in harmony for the good of the community.
Secondly, in another show of community spirit, hundreds of people walked, jogged, skipped or ran a three-mile route as part of the Penrith Colour Run, which is likely to have raised around £20,000 for Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.
Their endeavours were, of course, also helped by the weather as they were showered by vibrantly coloured paint rather than rain, but the event was a great illustration, if any were needed, of the support that charities can count on from residents of Eden who are generous in both spirit and deed.
At a time of great uncertainty for the country, that particular weekend in Penrith was an uplifting one during which residents and visitors had every reason to feel good about themselves.