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Top fibber Mike Naylor has been named the World’s Biggest Liar for the sixth time – and that’s the truth!

Known as Monkey Liar, the veteran competitor, from Keekle, held on to the trophy, entertaining the crowd at the Bridge Inn, Santon Bridge, with his tale of tackling a three peaks challenge with a twist.  Mike, 62, and Will Ritson, whose memory the con-test is held in each year, took an action-packed journey up the Matterhorn, the Eiger and Mount Everest on a four-wheel drive, tandem segway.

The pair were accompanied by a cat wearing a head torch, their “cat-a-light navigation system”. Mike only had two Wasdale flags to plant on the mountains’ peaks so had to use last year’s Biggest Liar winner’s tie on the Eiger. “It’s the tie on the Eiger,” he said.

“I struggled this year. I came up with it just two weeks ago – I woke up with the idea.

“I missed a bit, so I’m a little disappointed. It was a short bit, Will had a dog too, a European poodle called Breck, which ran away. He shouted ‘No, Breck, sit’.”

Maryport’s George Kemp claimed second place with his tale about swimming the Solway Firth, from Silloth to Whitehaven, with Prince Charles while John Rooney, aka Spartacus, from Kendal, came third.

The panel of judges included mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE while Margaret Ritson, 68, who currently lives in London, and her sister Pamela Emberton, 66, from Tauranga, attended as they are in the area researching their family history.

“We’re here to see if we are related to Will Ritson but it seems there’s no Ritsons in the area now,” said Margaret. “We want to do our family history and thought it would be a perfect opportunity to come here. All the Ritsons in New Zealand seem to be related so we want to find out when they moved from Britain.”

The pair, who are on a week-long trip, arrived on Wednesday. Mike said: “With the Ritson family here and Alan Hinkes having climbed Everest, it couldn’t have fell better.” And Alan said: “It’s my first time here, I’ve wanted to come for ages. As a climber, I’ve heard all the history about Will Ritson.

“It’s a pleasure to be here. I thought it might be traumatic picking a winner but there was no arguing.

“It’s been great, I love the Cumbrian accent, there’s similarities with Yorkshire and the North East. It should be promoted more to get some southerners to compete.” Chuckie Lophian, from media company Vice, who were filming the event, also took part as well as Richard Croft, from Langdale.

The top three donated their prize money to Hospice at Home, who raised £164 through a raffle.

Anyone who can help the Ritson sisters with their search for relatives in Cumbria, can email mritsonnz@yahoo.com.au

Join us at the brewery for our annual Christmas service! Santa will be joining us from 6pm with a FREE gift for every child. Get your singing voices ready for 7pm! 20% discount off all purchases made from the brewery shop on the evening too!

The Jennings store & bar will be open on Sunday 18th November (Cockermouth Light Switch on). Pop in and enjoy 20% discount in the shop on the day!

Come and listen to the fabulous Goosey Tyson – singing LIVE on Friday 23rd November in the Old Cooperage bar. Bar opens at 7.30pm. FREE ENTRY!!

Cockermouth Beer Festival is back once again this November and will be supported by Jennings as they continue their sponsorship for another year. Held in association with Jennings and the Cockermouth round table, the event will be held at the Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth from the 30th November to the 1st December.

Festival goers will be spoilt for choice with over 60 real ales, lagers and ciders, including the entire Jennings Brewery range.

Jennings’ sponsorship of the Cockermouth Beer Festival resonates well with Cumbria’s history of beer and brewing.

In addition to the vast choice of beer available, there will be a free souvenir glass for everyone that attends along with live music from Hoochie Coochie Moonshine Band on the Friday night and Mojo Rising on the Saturday night.

Tickets to the event are £8 and can be purchased in advance from the Kirkgate Centre, The Swan, The Cock and Bull and Jennings Brewery shop.

Jennings brewery open day marks its 190th year and raises money for Cash for kids!

The brewery held a free family fun day on 8th September and gave the first 190 guests a free gift on arrival as part of the celebrations.

Along with free brewery tours and a real ale bar, the day featured a bouncy castle, face painting, live music and a fabulous four foot beer barrel anniversary cake with chocolate Jennings beer bottles, minted ice and edible beer mats.

£500 was raised for cash for kids – a charity which responds to the needs of children in the local communities so they can live life to the full and realise their individual potential.

Sarah Grave from Jennings said: “One hundred and ninety years is something we are incredibly proud of and including our customers in this milestone celebration makes the occasion that extra bit special. Here’s to another 190 years.”

Jennings have been sponsoring Cockermouth Show for eight years and this year was the best ever! Crowds flocked to the Jennings beer tent on Saturday 4th August and a record amount of beer was sold.

We had a special visit from Sue Hayman (our local MP), who popped in to sample our delicious beers!

The show which takes place annually is a celebration of country life and a window for local businesses and producers to showcase their produce.

 

If you live or are visiting Manchester this weekend, then why not pop along to Albert Square and enjoy a pint of our delicious Jennings beer?

Allerdale days in Manchester is a two day event which kicks off on Friday 10th August – it will be showcasing everything that Allerdale has to offer. Family Fun, Music, Artisan food and of course beer from Jennings brewery!

Come along and discover why Allerdale is a great place to live, visit and do business!

We are super excited to be hosting a LIVE music evening in the Old Cooperage bar. The RUCKSACKS will be playing from 7.30pm – 10.30pm…so why not make a night of it? Bar opens at 6.00pm!