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Monday, 06 July 2015

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Linda joins show’s star line-up

POPULAR TV personality Linda Barker is the latest big name confirmed for the first Western Lakes Home and Garden Show in Whitehaven.

Linda Barker

by Andrew Clarke

Interior designer Linda, star of Changing Rooms, will join a host of others celebrities from the worlds of cookery, gardening and decor to give demonstrations, offer tips and meet fans in 32 shows on May 16 and 17.

Linda, who will be in town on May 17, said: “I’m delighted to be invited to take part in the show.

“It’s always exciting to be in at the start of a new event and I’m certain this one will be a huge success. Any show combining homestyle advice with food and gardening has to be a winner.”

Other stars include wine connoisseur Oz Clarke; Countryfile presenter James Wong; gardeners and TV presenters Toby Buckland and Charlie Dimmock; Anna Ryder Richardson, also of Changing Rooms fame; Britain’s Best Bakery’s Peter Sidwell; Gardener’s Question Time’s Eric Robson; celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, and former Coronation Street star turned award-winning cheese-maker Sean Wilson.

Alongside the celebrities, there will be over 100 stalls from local stores, including Whitehaven Garden Centre, The Ennerdale Brewery, Lucy’s Herbs, Alan Clark Rhodedendrums, Youngs Furnitures and Dobbies Garden Centre, plus national chains Screwfix and B&Q.

Gerard Richardson, chief executive of organisers Whitehaven Festival Company, said: “This is going to be the best shopping experience of the year in Whitehaven, backed up by 10 celebrity experts doing theatre performances and masterclasses.”

Mr Richardson extended thanks to all the event sponsors, including its main backer Nuclear Management Partners.

Tickets are available from Richardson’s of Whitehaven, on Lowther Street, on 01946 65334 or louise@richardsonsoffice.net.

Space is also available in St Nicholas’ Gardens for locals to get involved by hosting a trade stall for their small business or hobby. This space is free, but stallholders must have their own public liability insurance. Email anna@wwevents.net.

And volunteers are being asked to contribute to a spruce-up of St Nicholas’ ahead of the show. Contact Nadia at nadia@richardsonoffice.net or 01946 65334.

Have your say

Instead of Sellafield sponsoring these events over the years which just bring business into the town that take locals money then leave again, it would have been better spent supporting the town and enticing a longer term solution to getting businesses to stay in the town for good. What we have now is a town dying on its feet retail wise and being so close to such a controversial nuclear plant we should in reality have the best town centre with all the amenities they have. Not a town centre sustained on takeaways, charity shops and no amenities. The rates shops pay is affected by the local wage. Because of the good wages Sellafield pay the town rates are in comparison to London. Let's not kid ourselves this area should be thriving and for some reason it's not.

Posted by Anon on 28 March 2014 at 11:16

I'm really, really delighted that Linda is coming to Whitehaven. What a shame we have no Civic Hall but Charlie Dimmock is an outside girl. Just a shame we don't seem able to attract doctors, nurses or high caliber teachers to the town who would really transform life for everyone.

Posted by c forte on 27 March 2014 at 14:59

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