Descendants of William Wordsworth attended an exhibition in Cockermouth at the weekend to view a project about the famous poet's sister.

The Kirkgate Centre is currently hosting the ‘I Am Dorothy’ project, part of a year-long celebration of Wordsworth’s sister Dorothy – one of the town’s most famous daughters.

Made possible by a £67,100 grant provided by the National Lottery, the exhibition offers a series of workshops for children and adults including creative writing.

You can also paint your own portraits of Dorothy and handcraf wildflowers such as the siblings’ famous daffodils which are such a feature of springtime in Cockermouth.

At a special viewing of the exhibition for local organisations on Sunday, the exhibitors were joined by Susan Wordsworth-Andrew, the great, great, great grand-daughter of William and four times great niece of Dorothy and her son, Simon Bennie.

Marion Bowman, chair of Kirkgate Arts and Heritage, said: ‘It was very special to have some of the current generations of the Wordsworth family with us at the Kirkgate to celebrate our exhibition.

"The partnership we have with Rydal Mount and the family meant we have been able to use two wonderful images of Dorothy that they own of her as a young woman, then in later life, with her little dog, sitting in Rydal Mount."

Entry is free for the exhibition which ends this Saturday (August 21).

The centre is open from 10am to 4pm but people who cannot attend will be able to view the exhibition over the autumn and winter periods as it will be touring some of the village halls close to Cockermouth.

Kirkgate Arts and Heritage is challenging everyone to ‘make the journey’ from Wordsworth House in Cockermouth to Rydal Mount to engage more with nature as Dorothy did and write their own poems and diary entries about the trip.

Anyone making the journey can claim a free drink at the Rydal Mount café by using the special words ‘tramper’s badge’ from Dorothy’s journals.