The taste of the county

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THE area’s two MPs took part in Lancashire Day celebrations on November 28 when “Lancashire” visited Westminster.

The county’s special day was celebrated in the House of Commons with several local businesses travelling to London to showcase their produce.

The event boasted a vast range of local food and drink which included, Potts Pies from Lancaster, Dewlay Cheese from Garstang, Drinkwater Mushrooms from Lancaster, Uncle Joes Mint Balls from Wigan and even Lancashire chocolate from Ramsbottom.

There were also some award winning ales on offer from Lancaster and the Fuzzy Duck Brewery.

Wyre MP Ben Wallace said, “It is great to see so much outstanding produce which originates from Lancashire. I visited many stands and enjoyed a vast range of produce. I particularly enjoyed the tasty local cheese from Dewlay.”

Lancaster, Fleetwood and northern Wyre villages MP Eric Ollerenshaw, who was involved in the organisation of the event, said: “I feel it is almost my duty to help everyone in Westminster understand how great Lancashire is.

“We’ve got some beautiful countryside and coastlines, fantastic award winning food and drink and the friendliest folk across the country.

“I am always frustrated when some of my southern colleagues think that the North West of England only consists of Manchester and Liverpool, hopefully this event will help to promote all that is great about our County and its people.”

All 650 MPs were inivted to the event, though Lancashire-born Mr Ollerenshaw requested that any MPs from Yorkshire should be required to provide a written reference of suitability from a Lancashire colleague, together with at least two forms of ID, before admittance will be allowed”

He added: “The Guardian newspaper picked up on this, and are still not sure if I was joking or not!”

The celebrations were launched by Lord Strathclyde, Leader of the House of Lords and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

• Lancashire Day commemorates the November 27, 1295, the day the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as “The Model Parliament”.