Olympic theme for park picnic

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OLYMPIC fever is spreading to Morpeth in an action-packed weekend.

The annual Picnic In The Park event has this year been extended to two days to coincide with the start of the London 2012 Games.

And on Saturday the focus will be on a sporting day.

People can try out swimming, badminton, tennis, bowls, five-a-side football and kayaking all for free, with activities centred on Carlisle Park and the Riverside Leisure Centre.

There will also be a free barbecue.

Then on Sunday, the park will host a magician, face painting, alpacas, story telling and willow weaving, as well as open air concerts featuring the Ellington Colliery Band. Again, a free barbecue will be available and Morpeth Gadgy Alex Swailes will oversee proceedings.

The event has been organised by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) in partnership with Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure, Morpeth Bowling Club, Morpeth Churches Together, Morpeth Town Council, Northumberland County Council, Barnabas Safe and Sound and Collingwood Art and Media College.

GMDT Cultural Interest Group Chairman Frank Rescigno said: “This year inspired by London 2012 we decided to extend the fun and games over two days with the help of our partner groups.

“It promises to be a great weekend with plenty of fun for all the family.

“The whole country will be buzzing with the start of the Games and we want to see a bit of that rub off on Morpeth.”

Activities on Saturday start at 10am and on Sunday the event runs from noon to 4pm.