P & R Benn was established in February 1983 by Paul and Robin Benn when the mechanic brothers were given the opportunity to rent the workshop at Oakhurst Garage Cockermouth, from then owners John and Hazel Morgan.
They repaired cars and carried out MOT’s while building up their business until they were able to buy their own workshop; Paul at Oakhurst and Robin at Fairfleld Garage in Cockermouth.
As well as MOTs and repairs, Paul then expanded Oakhurst to include new and used car sales. The business continued to grow, and a second workshop was built on the Oakhurst site to accommodate.
The next generation then joined him when upon leaving school, Paul’s youngest son Andrew trained and qualified as a mechanic.