Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart visited the community in Brough on Friday, to hear about the work of local heroes that stepped up to help when the community was hit by Storm Emma.

The village was cut off by heavy snow and huge drifts, and many motorists became stranded when they found that they could ​ not​ travel ​any​ further along the A66. They were taken in by Tracey Silverwood and her team at The Inn at Brough, who ​accommodated as many as they could, and discounted the cost of food, while Simon Robinson from the local One Stop shop organised and delivered groceries for vulnerable and elderly residents.

After the visit Rory said: “This is Cumbrian spirit at its very best. Tracey and her team have been so welcoming and hospitable to those who were stranded overnight, while Simon has coordinated a lifeline for the community with his grocery deliveries. It is heartwarming to hear these stories of such kindness and resilience in challenging times, and it gives me great faith in humanity and community. I am very grateful to them all for what they have done”.


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