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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

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.


Jennings Brewery Celebrate Their 190th Birthday with a Dashing Event

On the 190th day of the year on their 190th birthday year, Jennings brewery opened its doors to one lucky winner to help join in the celebrations of 190 years of brewing. Sean Banks, who won a competition on Jennings Facebook page by posting a picture of himself enjoying some Jennings beers, was given the opportunity only loyal Jennings drinkers can dream of. In 19 seconds, Mr Banks completed a trolley dash where he was able to grab any Jennings beer and merchandise he wanted… with no final tab!

Mr Banks, left the brewery with a trolley full of beer and merchandise said:

“I didn’t think I would win, you know when you enter competitions with the hope but never think it’s going to happen to you. I couldn’t believe it when they told me the news, today has been incredible…cheers Jennings and Happy Birthday.” Said Sean Banks when leaving the event with his winnings in hand.

“190 years of brewing is something we are incredibly proud of and without the continuous support from our customers we wouldn’t be here today. Including our customers within this milestone celebration makes the occasion that extra bit special. Here’s to another 190 years!” Said Brand Manager from Jennings Brewery.

As part of the ongoing celebrations, Jennings are also hosting a number of different events to ensure everyone is involved within the festivities. Following the success of the trolley dash, next on the agenda is a family fun day. Taking place in September, the event is being held at Jennings brewery and is free entry, with the first 190 guests set to receive a complementary gift on arrival. A BBQ, prosecco bar, Jennings real ale bar, brewery tours and live music are all set to be included, making it a party you’ll not want to miss!

Thirsty Jennings drinking crowds were entertained on Saturday 30th June, where five live music bands played throughout the day in the Jennings Old Cooperage bar as part of the Cockermouth LIVE festival.

The event attracted thousands of people into the town and with the fantastic weather the town was well and truly ALIVE!

Following the success of the event Jennings are hosting their next LIVE music event on Friday 17th August.

As we begin to mark our 190th milestone-year of celebrations, local families were invited down to our brewery on Easter Saturday for a day of Easter fun.

Over 150 people descended to the brewery and from egg dumping, finding the golden egg and arts and crafts to simply enjoying a pint of Jennings beer, there was something for every member of the family at this year’s Easter event.

We are extremely proud to announce that Sneck Lifter has won this prestigious award. Sneck Lifter is one of the Brewery’s flagship beers and this award enhances the beer as a true stand out champion.

Sneck Lifter was entered, and then went on to win the North West Regional heats last year, in the Old Ales and Strong Mild Category, taking the beer to the finals which took place on the opening day of the Great British Winter Beer Festival in Norwich.

Jeremy Pettman – Head Brewery at Jennings Brewery said: “We are absolutely delighted that Sneck Lifter has won the award! The ale was originally brought out as a seasonal winter warmer in 1990, it proved to be so popular that it became a permanent ale in our portfolio in 1995. Jennings Brewery is celebrating its 190th year of brewing this year  and this award goes to highlight why we are such a long established brewery, producing quality cask ales”.

George IV was on the throne and the Duke of Wellington was Prime Minister when the son of a local maltster, John Jennings, began brewing in his Lorton-based brew house.

190 years later Jennings Brewery and the Cockermouth brewery is synonymous with the Lake District and Cumbria and is renowned the world over for its premium award-winning ales and warm Lakeland hospitality.

Draught beer drinkers will see a limited edition commemorative pump clip for our flagship beer, Cumberland Ale on the bar and there will be commemorative glassware, T-shirts and merchandise available throughout the year.

The brewery will host a series of events to mark the anniversary including Easter at the brewery in March, a trolley dash in July (the 190th day of the year) and a Family Fun Day in September. Meanwhile, the Jennings bar will be appearing at many of the region’s outdoor events with special discounts on offer.

Sarah Grave, brand manager at Jennings Brewery said: “As we move into our twentieth decade we had to mark this year as something very special. We are very proud to celebrate our 190-year milestone and hope that our regular customers will share our pride and will raise beer or two in celebration!”

With the countdown to Christmas truly underway Jennings Brewery Shop is spreading the Christmas cheer by offering savings and discounts in the 12 days leading up to Christmas.

Please note: These offers are only available to the general public and by visiting the Jennings Brewery shop in Cockermouth (excludes online orders).

Throughout November 2017 – we are giving a FREE half of beer out to everyone spending over £10 in the shop.

Pop into see us between 11amd and 3pm – Monday to Saturday.

(Over 18s Only)