A fleet of coaches is driving home the message that Cockermouth is ‘open for business’. Reays Coaches, an award-winning travel company based in Wigton, near Carlisle, has agreed to put banners in the rear windows of 12 of its vehicles to promote the town. They made the generous offer after being approached by Cockermouth and District Chamber of Trade.
Reays vehicles are used to provide school and public transport across Cumbria, as well as transport corporate, private and sport-related events, and for holiday-makers across Europe. They also take fans to every Carlisle United football match, at fixtures across the UK.
Andy Barnard, Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Trade, spearheaded the new publicity initiative. He said: “We are incredibly grateful to Reays for agreeing to support the town’s businesses in this way. They haven’t charged the Chamber a penny for this fantastic advertising opportunity which will really get the message out there that this town is fighting back after the floods.
“We hope potential visitors across the UK will see these banners and take the opportunity to come and see what Cockermouth has to offer.”
Chris Reay, Managing Director of Reays Coaches, owns the company with his wife Nicola. He said: “When we were contacted by the Chamber of Trade about this initiative, we were delighted to help.
“We want to see West Cumbria thrive and enjoy a successful future after the floods so we are very happy to help pass on the message that Cockermouth is open for business and ready to welcome visitors.”