Special moment for family at Morpeth parade

From left, Derek Barnes, Tom Barnes and George Barnes. Picture by North News & Pictures Ltd.
From left, Derek Barnes, Tom Barnes and George Barnes. Picture by North News & Pictures Ltd.

The Morpeth branch of Greggs had a special reason to join other businesses in the town in welcoming the HMS Northumberland parade on Friday afternoon.

George Barnes, head of engineering for the company, gathered with his colleagues to celebrate the return of the ship and her crew, which included his son.

Tom Barnes recently completed a six-month tour in the Arabian Gulf on anti-piracy and anti-narcotics operations.

He said: “I remember several watches late at night where we all talked about what food we missed back home.

“Sausage rolls and steak bakes were among the biggest missed treats, so it was great to come home and back to North East.

His father, who has worked with Greggs for 11 years, was delighted to be able to give his son and his friends the welcome home treat he knew they wanted.

He said: “I knew how much the crew had missed their favourite treats so it was great to be able to give them a ‘warm welcome’.”

George’s father, Derek, also came along to watch his grandson and the other HMS Northumberland personnel march through the town and he also enjoyed a selection of savoury treats with the crew afterwards.

Catherine Small, assistant manager at Greggs Morpeth, said: “It’s great to get involved with our community here in Morpeth and we had a really fun afternoon.

“A lot of families in the area have sons and daughters in the Armed Forces and it’s an important part of community life, which we are thrilled to support.”