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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Cumbria gift firms add extra sparkle to nation’s celebrations

THE anticipation of the royal baby’s birth may have kept millions of people on tenterhooks after the Duchess of Cambridge went into labour on Monday.

But Cumbrian businesses have long been hard at work preparing for the arrival by creating special commemorative items.

Cumbria Crystal is no stranger to marking royal landmarks.

The Ulverston firm makes a range of commemorative gifts, such as the limited edition scent bottle it commissioned to celebrate the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.

Now, to mark the royal birth, the company will be producing another exclusive scent bottle, as well as votives candle and a double-handled loving cup, engraved with the baby’s name and a crown.

Katy Holford, managing and creative director of Cumbria Crystal, said: “Special historical British milestones ought to be treasured and celebrated and we hope our commemorative gifts will keep the memories alive for future generations.”

Wax Lyrical has made a limited edition candle, with only 250 to be sold as part of an online exclusive.

Richard Wood, the company’s sales and marketing director, said the Lindal firm had worked in conjunction with a UK manufacturer in Stoke on the matching artwork.

The product will be launched once the baby’s name is released and one will be sent to the duke and duchess.

The Pandora shop in Bowness took delivery of royal baby bracelet charms last week. Designed in the shape of a baby carriage, the charms have a crown on one side and Royal Baby 2013 on the other.

Shop manager Claire Dibbs said: “The whole idea is to remind you of different occasions, but with this one you can bring your own meaning into it.

“So, if someone had a baby this month, it would be quite a nice little reminder of that, as well as it being about the royal baby.”

Commemorative mug creator, Dave Taylor is celebrating his own 40-year anniversary of his business Parr Pottery, which is now based near Appleby.

Mr Taylor, who was based in Ulverston for 32 years after starting in Barrow in 1973, will be making royal baby mugs.

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