New lease of life for antique furniture

SHABBY antique furniture will be put back in order in Morpeth Town Hall.

Councillors have agreed to spend about £1,400 on restoration work for old leather seats in the Mayor’s Parlour and Council Chamber, as well as other essential repairs.

Town Clerk Gillian Turner said: “We are not going to get the exact same colour leather, but it will be as near as we can get and the work needs to be done because there are massive holes and they are just going to get worse unless they are repaired.”

The decision was made by Morpeth Town Council’s Property and Asset Management Committee after members heard that the work required the skills of an expert, the price was reasonable and the local contractor was well known for quality workmanship.

Coun Andrew Tebbutt said: “If we go to the open market we might get a cheaper quote, but we don’t know who the people will be or the quality of the workmanship. This is one where if we get the wrong person doing this it would be a disaster for us.”

And Coun Derek Thompson said: “I think that if this person is as good as you say he is, I can’t see that we are going to get a better quote and we should get on with it.”