Cockermouth brewery to re-open on 22 February

By John Harrington

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Jennings staff: pleased to be back in business
Jennings staff: pleased to be back in business
The flood-hit Jennings brewery in Cockermouth is to re-open on 22 February, its owner Marston's announced today. The site was closed temporarily in...

The flood-hit Jennings brewery in Cockermouth is to re-open on 22 February, its owner Marston's announced today.

The site was closed temporarily in November and production switched to other Marston's breweries while the Cumbrian facility was closed.

Brewery manager Gaynor Green said: "It's taken a lot of hard work and dedication of everyone here at the brewery to even be able to brew here again.

"Like the rest of the county we struggled, but we also worked together, helped each other out and looked out for one another."

The brewery is positioned on the banks of the River Cocker and staff are used to some flooding from year to year.

Marston's said emergency plans were put into place the moment it became apparent that the flood waters were rising much faster and higher than in any previous years.

Head brewer Jeremy Pettman said: "It was effectively like a washing machine inside the brewery, equipment which weighs about two tonnes was floating around inside the building - we walked or waded into a scene of total devastation.

"To look at the place now is incredible, although the brewery is not yet back to its former glory, to be back brewing again is absolutely fantastic."

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