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THE famous sites of south Cumbria can now be seen whilst enjoying a glass of bubbles, thanks to a leading accountancy firm.

A strictly limited run of prosecco bottles was commissioned by JF Hornby & Co – and every one bears a unique piece of artwork which features landmarks from the Furness Peninsula.

The colourful picture was originally commissioned to mark the 25th anniversary of the accountancy firm and a huge version of it is displayed in its Ulverston headquarters.

Now a limited number of clients will be able to bag a bottle, as the company begins face to face meetings for the first time in more than 18 months.

Managing Director Paul Hornby said: “As we are now able to welcome clients back to the office after an extended period of virtual meetings, we wanted to do something special to mark the occasion.

“We have a lot of paperwork belonging to clients that needs to be collected and we are starting to phase face-to-face meetings back in, having largely operated in a virtual capacity since April 2020.

“I feel that we need to operate with as much normality as possible – although we will, of course, be keeping abreast of the latest Covid figures and ensuring we act safely and appropriately.

“Very few people have seen our commemorative art, because no sooner had it been installed, we were into a lockdown situation.

“We’re very much looking forward to seeing our clients again and as they come to meet us in the office, we are excited to present them with a bottle of prosecco as a way of toasting the future and kickstarting the festive season.”

The picture was created by local artist and illustrator Amy Whelan who managed to capture the essence of Barrow and Ulverston.

The artwork includes landmarks from Ulverston and Barrow including the Sir John Barrow Monument, Coronation Hall, Birkrigg Stone Circle, Barrow AFC’s Holker Street Stadium,

Barrow Town Hall and the Devonshire Dock Hall.

JF Hornby was established by John Hornby in 1994 with two members of staff. The business steadily grew and in 2000, having spent time in the company during his college and university days, John’s son Paul, joined the business.

Today JF Hornby and Co services in the region of 2,000 clients and has a staff base of 50. It has expanded from its original office, and while still based on the Daltongate Business Park in Ulverston, now occupies a much larger area.