From cheese producers to brewers, Michelin-star chefs and sports experts, Lancashire’s finest were welcomed to the House of Commons this week to celebrate Lancashire Day.
The Commons Speaker and Chorley MP hosted a ‘Lancashire Day’ themed reception to give the county’s MPs, politicians and businesses a chance to find out more about the place he describes as ‘God’s own county’.
Lancashire Day is traditionally held on November 27 to mark the date – 727 years ago – that the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I in 1295.
The annual day celebrates the Red Rose county’s people, community, and culture.
The ‘county’s biggest cheerleader’, Sir Lindsay, said: “From amazing food, such as hot-pot, Chorley cakes, tasty cheeses, beer and black pudding; to beautiful scenery, and some of the loveliest – and funniest – people in the world, you won’t find anywhere better than Lancashire.
“As a proud Lancastrian I can tell you what an amazing place it is – but I am so grateful to the county’s many entrepreneurs, educators and business people for joining us to prove what a creative and industrious place it is.”
The exhibition in Speaker’s House was hosted by Lancashire County Council to showcase a range of organisations that have contributed to the success of the county ahead of its annual celebratory day.
One of the guests was Paul Heathcote, one of only two chefs in the North West to hold two Michelins Stars.
Paul, who ran the Longridge Restaurant, said: “Lancashire has so much to offer, and without doubt there is almost too much choice when it comes to dining out.”
Warren Bennett, managing director of Bowland Brewery, which is based in Clitheroe and employs 500 staff, said he was keen “to encourage people to consider a career in the hospitality industry.”
He added: “It is so much more than being front of house, pulling a pint…