Convention centre shelter for Cumbrians

Keswick
convention centre came to the aid of the flood victims in Cumbria, much as Carlisle’s
Sands Centre stepped into the breach to help those washed out of their homes in
the 2005 flood.

The Keswick venue, which hosted the annual
Bible Convention (held in Cumbria since 1875), provided emergency shelter to 39
local people affected by the severe flooding which hit the area last week.

Keswick Convention Centre manager Simon
Overend says: “We are very pleased to have been able to provide the facilities
of the centre to help those who have been evacuated from their homes.”

Over 12 inches of rain was recorded in one day in Cumbria and the floods have already
cost several million pounds worth of damage, according to the insurer, NFU
Mutual.

In January 2005 flooding affected 2,700 homes in Carlisle
and cost an estimated £400m.

Chief executive of Cumbria Tourism Ian
Stephens says the county is still very much open for business. “Despite media
reporting, Cumbria
is not underwater. Tourism businesses in the Western Lake
District have a strong sense of community spirit and I have no
doubt that they will show just how resilient they can be. “

Over 15.3 million visitors come to Cumbria each
year and bring more than £1.1 billion into the local economy.

“Cumbria
has triumphed from adversity in the past – from our recovery after Foot and
Mouth in 2001 to the Carlisle floods of 2005,
and it makes me proud to be part of such a strong, world class tourism industry
that is recognised on a global scale.”

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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