Wet weather fails to spoil a second picnic attempt

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THE weather did its best, but organisers of Morpeth’s Picnic In The Park were determined not to be thwarted.

The event had to be cancelled for the first time in its history in July due to heavy downpours, but the Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT) was keen to reschedule and set a new date last weekend.

This time contingency plans were made to move the event from Carlisle Park to Morpeth Town Hall should the weather turn again so when the rain came on Sunday, the picnic was moved indoors.

Picnickers were entertained by a magician, balloon modeller, Ellington Colliery Band and St George’s Players.

The event was designed to tie in with the Emily Inspires programme, celebrating Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison, and there was an exhibition and the chance to make Suffragette roses.

GMDT Arts and Cultural Director Frank Rescigno said: “We were extremely disappointed when the 2013 event had to be called off because of the weather. However, we were determined to have a second go at staging the event so imagine our horror when we watched the weather forecasts and then the rain turned up as predicted.

“Using our initiative, and perhaps a bit of Emily inspiration, we drew up a Plan B, which we were able to put into operation and stage an event, albeit a scaled down one, in the Town Hall, which was much appreciated and praised by everyone who attended.”