16th March 2016
The whole of Cumbria was devastated by floods in December 2015 and one major consequence was the washing away of the A591 – the main arterial road of the Lake District, linking Grasmere to Keswick and the Northern Lakes.
The road’s closure has cut the Lake District in half as it’s the only north-south route through the national park. As a result, communities have been torn apart and businesses that rely on tourism have been losing out to the tune of an estimated £1 million per day.
Eden Rose Hunter, 15, from Grasmere recorded her version of the hit Keane song ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ to draw attention to the Lake District’s damaged A591 which won’t be open until May at the earliest.
Eden Rose is the daughter of Andrew and Joanne Hunter who run the iconic 162-year-old Grasmere Gingerbread Shop.
Like lots of other family businesses in the Lake District it has been badly hit by collapsing trade. Mum Joanne Hunter said the song was her daughter’s idea.
Cumbria County Council is currently repairing the road.
Eden Rose recorded Somewhere Only We Know at Dedleg studios near Ormskirk.
She then recorded the video above Grasmere with local film-maker John McKeown of Lakes Creative.
Grasmere and Cumbria are both open for business however so please continue to visit this most beautiful corner of England.