Artist is big draw for Westmorland

Cumbria-born artist Conrad Atkinson was invited to design his own Westmorland Gazette front page as part of a leisure supplement produced by the Newsquest weekly.

He used poems and references to his own obsessions, ranging from landmines to Wordsworth, to fill the page which appeared in the centre-spread of the pullout.

Editor Mike Glover said: “This is a special edition, which comes at an important time in the development of South Lakeland and its economy.

With foot and mouth recovery now in full swing, it is more vital than ever that the cultural dimension of the Lakes is given our full support.”

March is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Wordsworth’s famous Lake District-inspired poem Daffodils and it is being marked with a series of events in the area.

Glover said: “We wanted to do something really special to mark all this, and with the help of South Lakeland District Council and Conrad Atkinson, we believe we are doing just that.”

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