Uppies and Downies: Stay Safe

Partner agencies have been meeting ahead of Uppies and Downies which starts easter weekend to put plans in place to ensure people stay safe.


The traditional event, which has no formal organiser, takes place over three days with the first event on Friday 29 March and usually attracts large crowds.


Extra officers and resources will be deployed for the events to ensure it passes safely for all.


Chief Superintendent Matt Kennerley said “We want people to enjoy the event, but we are asking people to think about their safety and look out for each other.

“Those taking part need to be aware of their surroundings and take particular care.


“We will have officers in the area to support a safe event.”

Officers have been speaking with businesses and local communities ahead of the event to provide advice.

Our local communities will be aware to consider where they park their vehicles during the event to avoid potential damage, visitors should also take care when visiting on the event days.

Parents are urged to speak to their children if they intend to attend the events to make sure they are aware of the safety advice.

People should be especially careful of the risks posed by large crowds, leading to potentially serious injuries, as well as trips, sprains and bruises.

Those taking part are asked to be particularly careful when entering or considering entering any water. This can put people at particularly high risk and is not recommended. More advice on water safety can be found here – The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) or Water safety | Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service

To contact the police in a non-emergency, call 101.

You can call 111 for non-urgent medical advice.

Always dial 999 in an emergency – whether for police or ambulance.

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