Visa hitch delays visitors

A respite visit from children affected by Chernobyl has been delayed due to a problem with visas.

Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline arranges month-long stays across the UK for youngsters from Belarus who have been diagnosed with immune system problems associated with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

A 10-strong group was due to arrive in Morpeth on Saturday, but the trip has had to be postponed as the children’s visas were not cleared in time.

Now the children are expected to arrive this weekend instead.

Lilian Nelson, of the charity’s Morpeth and Wansbeck link, said: “We just don’t know what happened, but it wasn’t just with our visitors, it was all of the children coming across.

“It hasn’t really caused us a problem. People have been able to re-arrange everything so everything is fine.”

During the trip, the children are in line for dental and eye tests, activities, parties and days out to attractions.