1. The Shipyard.

BAE Systems owns the shipyard in Barrow. It operates one of the few shipyards in the world capable of designing and building nuclear submarines, which has constructed all but three of the Royal Navy’s nuclear-powered submarines.

It’s got a long history dating back to 1986 and employs approximately 9000 people.

2. Dave Myers

One half of the Hairy Bikers, Dave Myers was born and bred in Barrow before he flew the nest to study fine arts in London and later in life becoming a popular television chef and presenter.

He then went on to perform alongside his partnering chef the “Big Night Out” show in theatres throughout the UK.

3.Furness Abbey

The historic heritage from 500 years ago still stands in the heart of Barrow town.

The impressive remains of an abbey founded by Stephen, later King of England, including much of the east end and west tower of the church, the ornately decorated chapter house and the cloister buildings still welcomes visitors from near and far all year round.

4.Emlyn Hughes

OBE, Emlyn Hughes was an English footballer born in Barrow.

Commonly known for his 665 appearances for Liverpool and captaining the side to four league titles and an FA Cup victory in the 1970s, Hughes also earned 62 caps for the England national team, which he also captained

5. Barrow Indoor Market hall

With around 60 independent trader’s stalls, Barrow Indoor Market is one of the largest markets in Cumbria.

In June the market hall celebrated 50 golden years of trade and to celebrate the big anniversary they had live performances from talented songsmiths, competitions and DJ sets, which brought the community together.

6.Georgia Stanway

English footballer who plays as a forward for FA Women’s Super League club Manchester City and the England national team, 22 year old Georgia Stanway was born and bred in Barrow.

In 2016, Stanway was nominated for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and this year Georgia will represent Great Britain alongside her team at the Japan Olympics 2021.

7.South Walney Nature Reserve

With stunning views across Morecambe bay, this island reserve is a fantastic place for bird watching and is home to the only grey seal colony in Cumbria.

Grey seals can be seen at high tide year round at their only haul-out location in Cumbria.

8.Furness General Hospital and NHS staff

At the start of the pandemic last year Barrow town was among the highest, if not the worst, in the country with rates.

According to Government figures Barrow had a rate of 882.2 for every 100,000 people – one of the worst in the country in May last year.

Cases have dropped massively since the town has pulled together and set up the jabs.

48,309 people had been given a first dose by the end of July 17 and 38,943 people had been given a second dose by the end of July 17.

There are 1,671 nurses and health visitors working for the trust and 597 doctors saving life’s everyday.

9.The Furness Railway

The Furness Railway was a merger of two schemes – to take iron ore from Dalton and slate from Kirkby to the port of Barrow.

The growth of heavy industry at Barrow became a significant contributor.

Barrow grew rapidly in the 1860s, a town of about 20,000 inhabitants, grown up from a village of scarcely one-tenth the population.

Visit The Dock Museum exhibits for more information.

10. Community Spirit.

Barrow town is full of community spirit from residents and local businesses.

Last month Barrow island residents collected 20+ bags of rubbish found on their streets to make a cleaner, safer environment for all.

Constant charity fundraisers from members of the public to help raise money for local charities and people in need also happen every year.

To find out the winner of all the Pride of Cumbria Award categories make sure you tune in to out virtual event on July 29 at 7pm by visiting https://event.sparq.me.uk/prideofcumbria/.