|Maryport • East Tilbury • Zlín|
During 1930's high unemployment, the Solway Trading Estate was developed at Maryport as "an instrument of Regional Policy". The Bata factory, opening there in the 1940's, is remembered as being white and startlingly modern. Its industry established over several decades as key to Maryport's sustainability, by 1978 employing nearly 2000 workers. At Maryport, as at East Tilbury, the Bata presence offered more than a purely economic contribution to people's lives. Although Bata didn't build housing in Cumbria, the Maryport workforce thrived on the philosophy of community and inclusion. Employees played a central part in the town's life, becoming involved in activities such as float-building for
local parades, and in the fire service.