Map points the way for shoppers

The new map of Newgate Street shops being put up in the T&G Allens alleyway.  Pictured are local traders Jill Fenwick from the Sewing Box, Wendy Smith from Cafe Des Amis and James Miller from Spotty Dog Signs and Print.
The new map of Newgate Street shops being put up in the T&G Allens alleyway. Pictured are local traders Jill Fenwick from the Sewing Box, Wendy Smith from Cafe Des Amis and James Miller from Spotty Dog Signs and Print.
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TRADERS have taken another step to spruce up a Morpeth alleyway with the addition of a colourful street map.

The map has been commissioned from James Miller of Spotty Dog Signs to show the businesses in Newgate Street.

It was funded by the outlets themselves, who sponsored the map, and has now been put up in the alleyway next to T&G Allan’s to point shoppers in the right direction.

Jill Fenwick, of The Sewing Box, who led the project, said: “It has taken a lot of time getting people to commit to it and sorting out the graphics, but we have got there and we are delighted with it.

“It is a map of Newgate Street to advertise the businesses there and it is great to have it up in time for Christmas.”

The map is part of a series of improvements to the alleyway initiated by the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade and Newgate Street Traders group.

So far, new lighting has been installed, a false ceiling erected, paintwork brightened up and artwork introduced, and there is still more to come.

There will be two illuminated signs at either end of the alleyway to direct shoppers to Newgate Street shops and Morpeth Bus Station and Sanderson Arcade, more lighting may be added, and at least another four paintings by artist Ivan Webley will go up.

The total project is expected to cost around £14,000, with funding provided by the Chamber of Trade and county councillors Andrew Tebbutt and David Moore from their small schemes allowances.

Chamber Chairman John Beynon said: “We have had lots of comments about what has been done so far and they have all been positive.

“People are noticing the difference.

“Beforehand it was a dark and dingy place and an intimidating place for people to walk through.

“Now it is much lighter and brighter and when we get the rest of the paintings up and possibly more lighting in, it will be even nicer.

“The whole idea is to make it more appealing and to encourage more footfall from the bus station to Newgate Street.”