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Gillian Cowburn was a journalist for 35 years and then went on to become the PR/Marketing Manager for award-winning shop and deli-cafe Country Harvest at Ingleton, a post she held for six years until her retirement in December, 2015.
She started her career on her home town newspaper, The Leyland Guardian, where she went on to become chief reporter as well as compile her own weekly diary column, The Leyland Lady, named after the famous British Leyland calendar series.

In 1986 she joined the newsroom of The Westmorland Gazette in Kendal as deputy news editor. Less than 12 months later she became news editor, a role she held for several years before being appointed features editor.

Future roles at the Gazette included assistant editor with responsibility for the letters pages and proofing, sub-editor, and newspapers in education co-ordinator.
In 2000 she was given the job of editing the new Limited Edition series of quarterly glossy magazines. Four years later, as well as writing for the magazine, she was also tasked with designing it.

Gillian went on to launch the hugely popular Good Dining Guide in 2007, and completed the ‘Good Guide’ series with a Good Wedding Guide and Good Place Guide.

For 15 years, Gillian wrote a weekly food column for The Westmorland Gazette, giving many local food producers that all important first step on the publicity ladder. She was also instrumental in helping encourage a sea change in the local food movement with her WG ‘Checkout’ column which appeared on this website under 'what's cooking'.

At Country Harvest Gillian pioneered the shop's successful Dine & Shop evenings, she launched a Cooks Club, and played a pivotal tole in helping the business win Westmorland Gazette Retailer of the Year in 2013.