AN Ulverston factory was visited by former Furness MP John Woodcock.

Cumbria Crystal's products have starred as Daniel Craig's whiskey tumbler in James Bond films, as well as having featured in Downton Abbey. The company also works with Bentley, [].

Its small team of 23 highly-skilled craftspeople produce luxury hand-blown and cut crystal, placing an emphasis on traditional techniques and processes which the firm says have barely changed in 2000 years.

The crystal is completely mouth-blown by the team of five glass-blowers and hand-cut on diamond wheels. The cutting process demands intense concentration and skill, with a typical wine goblet often taking between 10 and 12 days to create.

Former MP for Barrow, John Woodcock, attended the company's factory as part of a regional tourism drive and was given a run-through the glass-blowing process.

He told The Mail: "The attitude at Cumbria Crystal is exemplary, showcasing what we have in the area - world-class goods being produced right here in Furness."

"They offer a compelling visitor experience here, which really highlights how skilled this manufacturing work is."

An apprentice from the South of England, who did not wish to be named, explained at the factory: "it takes 5 years to learn the basics -10 to start to get any good, really."

Mr Woodcock then said: "It's important to get the word out. A lot of people looking to relocate to the area might just think there isn't much more than the submarine programme in this part of Cumbria - I hope this goes some way towards showing there's a lot more."

He added: "I've long been a fan and have often brought some of Cumbria Crystal's products with me as gifts on official visits. For instance, I gave Saudi Arabia's [former king] Prince Fahd a Bond/007 tumbler. I aways ask what crystal they have in the embassies now."

Cumbria Crystal offers similar visits for £25 6 days a week. Visitors can be as young as 8 years old, and can be booked either online or by ringing 01229 584400. The company says anyone taking part in the workshops can take home the glass product they make while in the factory.