As far as the rolling news channels are concerned, it’s a place you might go to recharge your batteries before returning to ‘real life’ in London.
That is until events like today. Twelve people shot dead and eleven more seriously wounded, not to mention Derrick Bird who killed himself after his senseless rampage.
The first inkling of what was happening came on Radio Five Live this morning. Stephen Nolan was reading the bulletins on his show as they came in and he stumbled over the word ‘Egremont’ and inflected a question mark at the end as if to say: “Did I get that right?”
He really didn’t have a clue about where he was was talking about.
It has been a media feste since though and there must have been hordes of journos packed off by their editors up the M6 to file some who, where, when and why copy in time for pages one to nine tomorrow morning. Although the why may take some time longer to work out.
The main message that seemed to come out was how incongruous the events were and questions were asked whether the emergency services could cope with such an emergency. Because nothing ever happens in Cumbria.
When you think about it though, that small population has seen more than its fair share of sorrow over recent years: Legionella in Barrow; foot and mouth; the Greyrigg train crash; the Morecambe Bay cockle-pickers; the Carlisle floods and; the coach crash near Keswick just last week. And that’s just the ones that spring to my mind 100 miles away.
So yes, I think they can cope even if the media thinks they shouldn’t be able to.