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Local firm part of Tory conference 'best of British' display

John Freeman
Local firm Drinkwater’s Mushrooms will be exhibiting at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester next month (4th - 5th October).

As a local supplier to the UK’s leading supermarkets, the Drinkwater’s team say it's a chance  to showcase their product to important dignitaries including the Prime Minster, David Cameron.

Situated in rural north Lancashire, Drinkwater’s Mushrooms Limited was founded by Ken and Barbara Drinkwater in 1969. Now, over 40 years later it is still a family run and owned company continuing to produce and supply quality mushrooms.

"We had no hesitation in agreeing to support this exhibition of locally grown British produce" said Technical Manager Jane Drinkwater. "We pride ourselves on the quality of our mushrooms and this is the ideal opportunity to prove our dedication and commitment to continue this ethos".

15,000 party members will be in attendance over the two days to hear speeches from high profile cabinet ministers such as William Hague, Theresa May and Liam Fox - to name but a few. Mayor of London Boris Johnson will get things started on Tuesday morning at 10.00am with David Cameron closing the conference on Wednesday. With such Tory dignataries about, it's a big stage for Drinkwater’s Mushrooms and an opportunity to demonstrate a fabulous locally grown product.

Supporting Drinkwater’s will be Lancaster and Morecambe College who will help to prepare 1000 samples of Mushrooms for consumption on each day.

"When we were approached by Drinkwater’s Mushrooms, we had no hesitation," said Andrew Winder of Lancaster and Morecambe College. "We wanted to be involved from the start, to give our students a taste of the pressures of a high profile environment’.

"The Conservative Party Conference will without doubt raise our profile," added General Manager of Drinkwater’s. "It's a really important time for the Company as we look to cement our reputation for quality and locally grown British product".

Morris will take a special interest in environmental issues at this year’s conference. "As a company, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. Investigation into renewable energy projects is gathering pace and we will be looking for the support of local MP’s to take a step into a greener future".