'This is brilliant': Windermere business booms as Britons holiday in Lake District

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Tourists flock back to South Lakeland, once ‘furlough capital of the UK’

If there was a corner of the UK that felt the sharp impact of recession first, it was the tourist honeypot of lake Windermere. Visitors disappeared overnight, just as shops and bars were readying for the booming spring and summer months.

Nearly 19,000 workers in the area were furloughed – 40% of the eligible workforce – earning South Lakeland the unwanted title of “furlough capital of the UK”. The neighbouring area of Eden had the country’s second highest furlough rate, at 39%.

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