Dozens flock to Meet The Mayor

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DOZENS of people from near and far took up the invitation to a special tea party.

The annual Meet The Mayor event was held at Morpeth Town Hall on Friday, giving residents and visitors the opportunity to chat to the town’s civic head Joan Tebbutt.

Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt in the twon hall at a 'Meet the Mayor' event which is also to raise money for her charity Henry Dancer Days. GM020101

Morpeth Mayor Joan Tebbutt in the twon hall at a 'Meet the Mayor' event which is also to raise money for her charity Henry Dancer Days. GM020101

The two-hour drop-in saw visitors from as far afield as Bristol, Northern Ireland and Oxford mingle with locals over cake and refreshments, while town councillor Dave Pope entertained on the piano.

Coun Tebbutt said: “The day has gone really well and there have been dozens of people coming in.

“I have spoken to people from Bristol, County Down, Harrogate, Gainsborough and Oxford. One old lady said she just gets on whatever bus is waiting in Newcastle and this time she came to Morpeth.

“A lot of people said how wonderful the flowers look and how nice the town is. One even said our parking charges are cheap.

“It has been a lovely atmosphere and there has been a buzz throughout the whole event.”

More than 500 raffle tickets were sold for the Mayor’s chosen charity, Henry Dancer Days, which was set up in memory of Henry to offer family days out for children undergoing treatment for osteosarcoma, an aggressive bone cancer.

Henry’s Mum Jane Nattrass, a former Deputy Head Girl at King Edward VI School, said: “It is really nice that we are the mayor’s chosen charity because events like this really raise our profile.”

Mrs Nattrass was selling her book, 348 Days, compiled from her diaries and emails during Henry’s last year. New Morpeth pin badges were also on sale to support the charity.