A show of strength

Lancashire Life|June 2020

A show of strength
Lockdown has brought out best in communities and businesses across Lancashire
Emma Mayoh


Weeton’s Black Powder Gin have put their distillery to good use. The multi-award-winning company is not only making some of the best gins in the world but is also producing much-needed hand sanitizer for the NHS and keyworkers in their community. Along with support from natural toiletries brand Faith in Nature, who have a base in Radcliffe and supplied 50 liters of aloe vera wash, they have donated many liters of hand sanitizer to frontline workers.

‘There appear to be many commercial producers who are capitalizing on demand and thereby charging exorbitant prices,’ said company founder Anthony Dallas. ‘We all feel very humbled to be able to do something at such a significantly critical time.’

Black Powder needs help to secure 100ml atomizer bottles or containers to fill with sanitizer. If you can help or have a specific need for sanitizer email info@ blackpowdergin.co.uk.


Cokson & Clegg, a Blackburn community clothing company founded by Patrick Grant, has created more than 100,000 items of PPE for frontline workers and they are making an anti-viral snood which is going to a huge range of applications globally.

Patrick, who is currently on our TV screens The Great British Sewing Bee, said: ‘It has been a brilliant collective effort. We’ve had help from a number of local manufacturers; County Brook Mill in Colne have helped with cutting fabric; Edward Taylor Textiles in Blackburn and Eastman Staples in Huddersfield have lent us machinery; Hobkirk’s in Blackburn brought an engineer back out of furlough to build us some machines; Carringtons in Chorley are providing the fabrics.

‘I’m happy to see people in the UK realizing the worth of those people who make things for a living. People in manufacturing jobs are once again being valued nationally.’


The Best Western Lothersdale Hotel in Morecambe has kept its doors open to provide accommodation for many key workers at Heysham Power Station, Morecambe Bay gas rigs, and port workers from The Isle of Man who are stranded on the mainland as well as temporarily housing some of the most vulnerable in society.

The hotel is also operating a popular takeaway bistro and afternoon tea delivery service seven days a week. Within the first two weeks, the reduced six-person team made and delivered around 500 takeaways to customers in Morecambe, Heysham, and Lancaster. From delivering an afternoon tea delivery on a shovel for a lady’s 80th birthday to taking orders from distant relatives in Australia, the hotel team continues to spread a little joy. They also have plans to arrange two celebratory events for local NHS and key workers once it is safe to do so.


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June 2020