Town is thrust into limelight

MORPETH has come into the limelight in a review of the town in a national newspaper.

The town has been featured in The Guardian’s Let’s Move To feature, with journalist Tom Dyckhoff highlighting its attractions, schools, homes and businesses — even the Morpeth Herald gets a mention.

The area is described as “a proper stout northern town”, with outstanding schools, pretty stone terraces and lovely old buildings, such as the Courthouse, Clocktower and Chantry.

Comments from local residents highlight such gems as Smail & Sons shop, The Tap and Spile pub, La Bodega restaurant and the nearby National Trust estate of Cragside.

And the town is said to have a “fine position”, close to Newcastle, the coast and countryside, with good rail and road links.

Mr Dyckhoff writes: “The town busies itself saving red squirrels, ringing bells for the 8pm curfew and preserving local culture at the springtime Northumbrian Gathering”.

However, for the case against moving to Morpeth, he points to the impact of budget cuts on the high proportion of public sector workers living in the town and the funding threat to securing adequate flood defences.

To see the full report visit www.guardian.co.uk/letsmoveto