Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, on Saturday led hundreds of locals through Lazonby in a march through the village to show their support for the retention of the part-time Lazonby Fire Station, which is under threat of closure by Cumbria County Council.

The MP has since the beginning of the campaign several weeks ago strongly supported the community’s efforts, which lobbying to keep the station – which has a crew of eleven retained firefighters – open. The group marched from Lazonby Auction Mart past the Midland Hotel and up to the station on Saturday, where both Rory Stewart and local firefighter and Lazonby resident Gail Eastham spoke to the assembled crowd.

Rory said: “I would like in particular to pay tribute to the role that Lazonby’s retained firefighters played during the floods, which is a very very good example of why services like these are the most efficient and the most effective way of delivering support in an emergency. How they supported Greystoke Road in Carlisle, and other areas, is a classic example of why this service is needed, and I encourage everyone to put their views forward to Cumbria County Council about how they should be spending their budget. Above all, my heartfelt thanks go to the firefighters themselves for the amazing work they do.”


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