A clas­sic con­voy in Keswick helps cel­e­brate an im­por­tant road re­open­ing af­ter a storm.

Clas­sic con­voy in Keswick-Gras­mere link road cel­e­bra­tions

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Gil­lian Car­moodie

More than 70 clas­sic ve­hi­cles par­tic­i­pated in a drive to cel­e­brate the re-open­ing of a Lake­lands road wrecked by ex­treme weather. MGs, Tri­umphs, and Austins con­voyed on the pic­turesque A591 that links Keswick to Gras­mere. Fol­low­ing se­vere flood­ing and land­slides caused by Storm Des­mond in De­cem­ber, 2015 a three-mile stretch was shut. Tourism in the area had been par­tic­u­larly hard hit with a 20% drop re­ported in Lake­lands hol­i­day ac­com­mo­da­tion book­ings in the first half of the year.

Ian Stephens, man­ag­ing director of Cum­bria Tourism, says: ‘Re­cent months have been very chal­leng­ing for many tourism busi­nesses. How­ever, the re-open­ing of the A591 is a ma­jor boost and sig­nals the fact that this im­por­tant ar­te­rial route link­ing the north and south Lakes is now op­er­at­ing nor­mally.’

Road­works and re­pairs were com­pleted sev­eral weeks ahead of sched­ule. At the re-open­ing, David Mar­shall of the Gras­mere Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion ex­pressed his thanks to sev­eral or­gan­i­sa­tions for their as­sis­tance dur­ing the floods and sub­se­quent re­pair work in­clud­ing Moun­tain Res­cue, Air Am­bu­lance, the Bri­tish Army and the Flood Foun­da­tion.

In ad­di­tion to the road run, the event also cel­e­brated the twin­ning of the Gras­mere and Keswick com­mu­ni­ties with guest speaker Vivien Reece de­scrib­ing the re-open­ing of the A591 as ‘a joy­ous oc­ca­sion’.

Par­tic­i­pants of the clas­sic road run in­cluded mem­bers of the Lake­land His­toric Car Club, the Vin­tage Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, the Honda Gold­wing Club, the Har­ley-David­son Club and Cum­bria Clas­sic Coaches.

An as­sort­ment of clas­sics, mo­tor­cy­cles and buses tack­led the climb on the re-opened A591. Af­ter the road run, par­tic­i­pants gath­ered at the King’s Head Ho­tel, Thirlmere for nat­ter and a buf­fet.

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