Duchess’s big boost for project

Representatives of The Hog's Head Inn and Stobhill residents are pictured with the Duchess of Northumberland and Coun Ian Lindley.
Representatives of The Hog's Head Inn and Stobhill residents are pictured with the Duchess of Northumberland and Coun Ian Lindley.

A lucky family will receive a mini-break as part of on-going efforts to support a Morpeth community.

Residents in the Stobhill area of the town produced a DVD, which captures past memories, present lifestyles and future aspirations.

It was organised by Stobhill Community Forum as part of its plans for social and economic regeneration. Funding was provided by the Northern Coalfield Trust.

The project received support from Isos Housing and the Duchess of Northumberland and The Hog’s Head Inn, Alnwick, teamed up to offer the mini-break to encourage sales of the DVD.

The Duchess recently met some of the stars of the film at The Alnwick Garden and drew the winner of the prize – Mr and Mrs Barlow, and their children William and Jack, of Stobhill.

County councillor for Stobhill, Ian Lindley, said: “This prize offer is an example of one of the county’s greatest strengths. We are one family, with a shared culture that is the envy of the rest of England.

“We are very grateful for this support for our regeneration efforts. It helped to boost sales and that was important as the proceeds from the DVD are going to Stobhill schools and organisations.

“As well as bringing the community together to create a valuable record of daily life in this strong community, the film captures views on how to improve things. These ideas are now being put into action.”