All Aboard our train for Gathering cultural fun

Itziar Amororrtu and Jose Espallardo with yellow hands in front of blue engine for the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.
Itziar Amororrtu and Jose Espallardo with yellow hands in front of blue engine for the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.

A group of young mums are urging families to get All Aboard creative cultural events for the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.

Itziar Amororrtu, Jo Roberts and Jackie Laidlow are creating a colourful fleet of cardboard trains, boats and aeroplanes to take part in the festival parade.

Frank Roberts, Gregor Laidlaw and Alexander Laidlaw are All Aboard for the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.

Frank Roberts, Gregor Laidlaw and Alexander Laidlaw are All Aboard for the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.

And everybody is invited to play a part in making flags representing different countries to complement it.

The three-day Gathering is a celebration of Northumbrian culture and heritage, with entertainment, events, talks, displays and competitions.

On Friday, April 10, the first day of the event, mums are holding a drop-in All Aboard flag-making workshop in the Market Place.

Families can take their flags home, but they are invited to return with them the following day to proudly wave them in the ever-popular Gathering pageant.

Itziar Amororrtu and Jackie Laidlaw, artists, making the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering floats out of big boxes at Morpeth Boys Brigade Hall.

Itziar Amororrtu and Jackie Laidlaw, artists, making the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering floats out of big boxes at Morpeth Boys Brigade Hall.

They can wear international costumes, fancy dress, or their everyday clothes.

Afterwards there will be a feast in St James’s Centre, Wellway, and participants are encouraged to take along food from their own traditions, whether Northumbrian or from further afield.

Mrs Amororrtu said: “We want everyone to feel welcome and to share in the excitement of the Morpeth Gathering.

“We are having a lot of fun making the floats, and many people are helping. Lidl and Marks and Spencer have given us big empty cardboard boxes and the Boys’ Brigade is lending us its hall so we have space to make the floats.

“We are all looking forward to our children waving their flags in the parade. All Aboard for the Morpeth Gathering.”

All of the mums’ activities are free.

Call into the flag-making workshop from 1.30pm to 4pm on Friday, April 10.