Cookie Policy

About cookies

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a web site. Cookies are then sent back to the originating web site on each subsequent visit, or to another web site that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a web site to recognise repeat visits from the same device.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

With most internet browsers, you can erase cookies from your computer hard drive, block all cookies or receive a warning before a cookie is stored. If you want to know how to do this please look at the help menu on your web browser. However, please note that switching off or “opting out” of the use of cookies will mean that you may not be able to use certain features of the website. Find out more about the use of cookies and how to switch off cookies on or

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the web site and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the web site. Without these cookies services you have asked for, such as shopping baskets, cannot be provided. These cookies don’t gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.

Cookie Uses
  • ASP.NET_SessionId
This gives each user an anonymous user ID which is used to identify the user whilst navigating around the site. It allows us to respond to your actions on the LDC website, for instance, submitting contact forms. The site wouldn't work for you without them.

Performance cookies

These cookies collect information about how visitors use a web site, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is anonymous and is only used to improve how a web site works.

Functionality cookies

These cookies allow the web site to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, font and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

Cookie Uses
  • fonts
  • cookies
These cookies allow the sites fonts to display as intended and remember your interaction with choices on the website. These cookies only affect the display of the website and do not track any other activity or any personal information.

Targeting Cookies

These cookies collect several pieces of information about your browsing habits. They are usually placed by advertising networks rather than web site operators. They remember that you have visited a web site and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. These organisations do this in order to provide you with targeted adverts more relevant to you and your interests. Quite often targeting cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation. Without these cookies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests.

Cookie Uses
  • __utma,
  • __utmb,
  • __utmc,
  • __utmz

Used by Google Analytics and Adwords to track your movements around the site, where you click and what you look at the most. We use this information to be able to improve the experience of the website for you.

These cookies can only be seen by LDC and Google and will never contain any personal information.

  • DoubleClick
This cookie is used by Google Adwords to target specific marketing at visitors to our website. We use the information from this cookie to be able to show you specific advertising messages relating to LDC on Google search and other sites that use Google Advertising.
  • PREF,
  • NID,
  • BEAT,
  • ULS,
  • HSID,
  • SSID,
  • SID
Used by Google+ to keep track of anything posted to the social network.
  • k,
  • guest_id,
  • auth_token_session,
  • secure_session,
  • twll,
  • dnt,
  • twid,
  • _twitter_sess,
  • auth_token
Used by Twitter to monitor when sites are tweeted about or sites are linked to on Twitter.
  • c_user,
  • datr,
  • lu,
  • xs,
  • sub,
  • p,
  • act,
  • presence
Used by Facebook to monitor when sites are 'liked' or linked to on Facebook.

Managing cookies

If you want to stop websites from placing cookies on your computer, it is possible to make changes in the options of your web browser. You should note however, by doing this some functions of the LDC websites may not work correctly.

To help find the correct options we've linked to the online guides below for the most up to date and popular browsers available:

Alternatively, to find out how more please refer to individual browser documentation or help files.