Damson Day was Blooming Brilliant30/05/2018
Every year in Cumbria, a celebration takes place to herald the arrival of spring and the damson blossom. Damson Day takes place in the Lyth Valley with local crafts, produce and entertainment on offer to visitors.
The Westmorland damson, thought to be a type of Shropshire prune, is a member of the plum family and slightly smaller than other damsons. Traditionally, the damsons have grown in and around the Lyth and Winster valleys in the South Lakeland area, since the early 1700s. The fruit was sold by the cartload in the nearby town of Kendal, as well as being used by jam factories in Lancashire and as a dye for the textile industry.
The Westmorland Damson Association began in 1996 to help save the orchards, and the first Damson Day was held a year later in 1997. The damsons are used for a variety of products, from jams, jellies and chutneys, to wine and gin.
This year’s Damson Day event took place on Saturday 21st April where there was a whole range of damson goodies, as well as craft demonstrations, dog agility displays, orchard advice, blossom walks, Morris Dancers, live music, hot food, real ale, plants for sale, face painting and other children’s activities.
Lloyd South Lakes BMW & MINI thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it all and brought along some of their best blooming motors to compliment the other stalls of the day.