Rory congratulates Crosby Ravensworth and Milburn Countryside Alliance Award winners

Rory will be celebrating the success of community-owned pub the Butcher’s Arms of Crosby Ravensworth and Milburn butchers NB Taylor and Sons in Parliament on  Wednesday (March 7th), where both rural businesses will be accepting their prizes as north-west regional winners of the Enterprise and Butchers categories of the annual Countryside Alliance Awards 2011. Both will find out at the Westminster reception whether they have been selected as overall winners in their category.

Rory said: “This recognition is absolutely marvellous, as it shows how we in Cumbria are really blazing a trail in showing how enterprise can keep our rural communities alive. These awards are testament to the incredible hard work that has been put in – and continues to be put in, each day – in maintaining local businesses, which are the backbone of our economy and our constituency. I am very proud to be celebrating two wins from Penrith and the Border in the north-west region, and really believe that they deserve to be national winners also. I wish them both the very best of luck, and am looking forward to celebrating with them in Parliament next week.”

The annual awards – nicknamed the ‘Rural Oscars’ – were devised by the Countryside Alliance seven years ago as a means of celebrating rural communities, skills and enterprise, recognising the incredible hard work that is invested in keeping rural villages alive. For more information, please visit

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