Cockermouth bookshop reopens

<p>The New Bookshop in Cockermouth has re-opened after closing in November last year when it was destroyed by floods.<br /><br />The shop will celebrate it&#39;s re-opening on 4th July with an event supported by Pan Macmillan.<br /><br />Owner Catherine Hetherington said: &quot;We are all really pleased to have returned to our own building after extensive renovations and now have a beautiful light and airy interior with a fresh new shop front. </p><p>&quot;We are also looking forward to welcoming everyone in to see what we have done as well as bringing back a little more normality to Cockermouth&#39;s Main Street.&quot;<br /><br />To celebrate the re-opening of the shop Pan Macmillan will be providing Pimms and goody bags on the day. Stars such as Ben Fogle, James Cracknell, Dwight Yorke, Andrew Marr and Denise Welsh have all voiced their support and donated signed copies of books. A handwritten poem by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, written at the time of the flooding, will be auctioned with all proceeds going to the bookshop.<br /><br />Cumbrian poet and novelist, Jacob Polley, will also be reading a poem written especially for the occasion and crime writer Ann Cleeves will be coming in for a readers&rsquo; event at the shop.<br />&nbsp; <br />Geoff Duffield, sales, marketing and publicity director at Pan Macmillan, said: &quot;Independent bookshops are the lifeblood of our business and as publishers we utterly depend upon the passion and commitment of booksellers. To see the hard work and devotion of the New Bookshop being destroyed overnight was heartbreaking and we at Pan Macmillan are determined to help in any way possible.&quot; </p>