Zip along to see charity dare-devils

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TOWN residents are being invited to watch dozens of dare-devils slide down from up high in aid of a charity programme.

More than 120 people have signed up to take on Sunday’s Morpeth Get Together Zip Wire challenge at Morpeth Rugby Club, Mitford Road.

Participants will be zipping from a 150ft-high mobile crane along 200ft of wire. They will be at a similar height to the air traffic control tower at Newcastle Airport.

There will be arts and crafts stalls running at the venue from 9.30am to about 3pm. Refreshments, including small snacks, will be available in the bar.

The balcony room will be transformed into a vintage tearoom, where tea or coffee, scones and home-made cakes will be served.

Tickets are £10 per couple and they include an event photo. They are available in advance from La Bodega Tapas Bar in Newgate Street and if any are left, they can be purchased at the door.

Some activities for children, such as face-painting, will take place and the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service is set to bring along one of its fire engines.

The main organiser of the event for Oxfam, which links with International Women’s Day, is bunting specialist Emma Scott.

She said: “Preparations are going really well, we’ve got a lot of people going on the zip wire and we’re on track to achieve our £10,000 target.

“The more residents that come along to cheer on and support the participants, the better because they are raising money for a very good cause.

“We’re grateful to the local businesses that have sponsored the event, as the funding has covered more than 10 per cent of our total costs, and both Cafe des Amis and Peppermint Tearoom for providing the food and drinks for the balcony room.”

Funds raised from the Oxfam Get Together events across the UK will support a range of projects helping girls and women in Africa.

Among those taking on the challenge is Morpeth Mayoress Lynne Horton, who was told about it by husband and town Mayor Mark.

“We regularly take some bits and bobs to the Oxfam shop in Morpeth and, with the town having such a strong link to International Women’s Day because of Emily Davison, I was more than happy to sign up,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to it as I don’t have a problem with heights. The event is getting a lot of attention and so hopefully we will raise a decent amount.”

Those coming along are asked to park at Newminster and Chantry Middle Schools because there will be no parking spaces available at the rugby club. This also applies to the Morpeth Harriers members that are meeting for their Sunday run.

People can make a donation by visiting www.justgiving.com/Get TogetherMorpeth2013 or texting ‘PETH90 £1’ to 70070.