Cumbria’s high profile supporters
PRINCE Charles, as heir to the throne, and comedian Johnny Vegas, who some view as television royalty, make unlikely bedfellows, but in their own way they are proving to be fine ambassadors for Cumbria.
As the tourist season begins this weekend, the county — and Eden in particular — is basking in the spotlight that has been shone by Prince Charles’s visit to Langwathby, Mungrisdale, Keswick and Ullswater on Monday and by the premiere at Rheged that evening of a new television series starring the comedian as well as the Ullswater landscape.
His Highness admitted during a speech as he unveiled a plaque commemorating the award of world heritage status to the Lake District that he feels his spirits rise each time he comes to Cumbria, while Mr Vegas reckons his new series, Home From Home, will be a brilliant advertisement for the area.
Amid all the valuable publicity that the two occasions have generated this week, it is easy to forget that parts of our area have still not fully recovered from the devastation inflicted by the storms of more than two years ago. They are, however, poised to welcome thousands of visitors who will surely be as convinced as the two high profile fans are of Cumbria’s beauty and the resilience and welcoming nature of its people.
As pictures of the occasions show, being in Cumbria has put a smile on the face of both Prince Charles and Johnny Vegas. It is a wonderful endorsement of a wonderful part of the world.