WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has praised a Burscough farming family’s new business venture.
Rosie attended the official opening of The Farm, on Martin Lane, Burscough, on Friday, June 20.
The opening ceremony was carried out by Will Sergeant, guitarist with Echo and the Bunnymen, who is a regular customer.
The Farm is run by the Neale family, which has been working the land in the district for generations.
Their new venture involves a farm shop, tea room and bed and breakfast.
They have renovated an 18th Century brick barn which houses award-winning produce and foodstuffs such as local bacon and sausage, home grown, seasonal vegetables, jams and preserves, fresh bread, home baked cakes, handmade crisps and local cheeses.
Rosie, Labour MP for West Lancashire, said: “I was delighted to visit The Farm and was really impressed by what the Neales have achieved.
“This is a fantastic example of a traditional, rural farming family diversifying their business in order to meet the demands of the 21st Century.
“We are lucky here in West Lancashire to be blessed with some of the best farm land in the country. I think it is great that families like the Neales are using it to give local people what they want – locally-sourced and locally-produced quality foods.
“Congratulations to them on their fantastic achievement, and I wish them all the best for the future.”