A Covid-19 mobile testing unit was set up in Keswick over the bank holiday weekend.
The temporary walk-in or drive-through unit at the town’s former pencil factory site was operated by the army.
It was available for pre-booked coronavirus tests from Friday to Sunday for anyone aged five or over with symptoms or household members of essential workers with symptoms.
Becky Greenwell, 32, of Keswick, was among those who turned up in their vehicles to be tested by army personnel wearing personal protective equipment. “They were very organised. They put a swab in my mouth and up my nose. I actually felt sorry for them as it was blowing a gale and pouring down but they battled on,” said Becky, whose test proved negative.
The Keswick testing station was part of a national effort across the country to support the Department of Health and Social Care. The site is owned by Keswick Ministries, which runs the annual Keswick Convention.
Murray Lawrie, facilities manager at Keswick Ministries, said: “We are pleased that the site has been used as a testing station at this time. We’d like to thank the management of the Pencil Museum who have also supported these measures.”
This year’s Christian convention was due to have taken place at the former pencil factory site from 11th-31st July but was cancelled because of the coronavirus lockdown. It normally attracts 12,000 people to the town from all over the world. A virtual convention will take place online from 27th-31st July.