The Spirit of the Cracker Packers takes a closer look at the workforce that inspired the creation of the Cracker Packers statue that now stands close to the McVitie’s factory in Caldewgate.
A ‘Cracker Packer’ is the affectionate term for the female factory workers at the Carr’s Biscuit Factory.
“My generation always had somebody or knew somebody who worked at Carr’s. It’s a Carlisle story, and it’s a women’s story. You look at all the good and the great statues and they’re all men. But the good and the great in this part are women.” - Elsie Martlew, 2017
This webpage has been put together with women from the McVitie’s Retirees Group and is supported by the HLF and Carlisle City Council