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Visit the Lake District and support local businesses

PUBLISHED: 12:18 18 December 2015 | UPDATED: 19:35 19 January 2016

Tarn Hows in winter

Tarn Hows in winter

Dave Willis mountainsportphoto.com

Despite the recent floods, the Lake District is still very much open for business

Business and tourism chiefs in the Lake District have sent out a clear message to the rest of Britain - we are still open for business.

While the floods caused severe problems in certain areas, Cumbria Tourism said: ‘Despite recent weather events, large areas of the county remain unaffected and are open for business. Many of the region’s hotels, pubs, restaurants, shops, cafes, visitor attractions and galleries are welcoming visitors, so come join us and enjoy this truly remarkable place. To find out more visit: www.golakes.co.uk

Meanwhile, Rob Johnston, chief executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, has urged local people to send out a positive message by taking photographs and using social media showing life continuing as normal in this beautiful part of the UK.

The #spiritofcumbria and the #cumbriaisopen hashtags are going viral, as they people respond to the call. Mr Johnston said: ‘The message is Cumbria is open for business and we can all help with that. People need to get out there, take pictures of themselves having fun and enjoying Cumbria.

‘Tweet it, record it and get the message out to friends on social media and other media will pick up on it. Then businesses need to get into their social networks and get message out - it is incumbent on everybody to join in.’

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