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Friday, 01 August 2014

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By Jeff ConnorA TOURIST attraction is becoming the Lake District’s answer to Hollywood after another two television celebrities came to Cumbria.

BBC TV presenter Julia Bradbury and Coronation Street’s Bill Webster (Peter Armitage) dropped in to Honister Slate Mine near Keswick on the same day.

The visitor attraction and mountain experience has already attracted the likes of Griff Rhys Jones, Trinny and Susannah, Coronation Street’s Maria, Liam and Vernon and World Cup winner Jack Charlton. It has also attracted the Paul O’Grady Show, Top Gear’s Richard Hammond and BBC’s Street Doctor. Julia was filming a new series on Alfred Wainwright’s famous Coast-to-Coast walk which starts at St Bees in Whitehaven and passes Honister on its way across the country.

She interviewed John Taylor, a former slate miner about his experiences in the industry for the series, which is due out in spring 2009 on BBC4 followed by an airing BBC2.

The television cameras will be back at Honister at the end of the month when Channel Five’s Gadget Show films a special episode looking at new navigational technology.

Mark Weir, owner of Honister Slate Mine, said: “We were delighted to welcome both Julia and Bill who were fascinated to hear and see our incredible history.”

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