Crowds turn out for Morpeth’s Easter traditions

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An Easter tradition brought out the crowds in Morpeth as more than a hundred oranges were dished out.

Morpeth Mayor Nic Best and Mayoress Joan Howard handed out the fruit to children on Easter Monday in a tradition that goes back hundreds of years.

Easter orange celebration in Morpeth.'Children collect their oranges from members of Morpeth Town Council.'Picture by Jane Coltman

Easter orange celebration in Morpeth.'Children collect their oranges from members of Morpeth Town Council.'Picture by Jane Coltman

And throughout the afternoon old-fashioned games were organised by Active Northumberland, with chocolate eggs given as prizes.

Morpeth Town Council Clerk Gillian Turner said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day.

“The tradition of giving out Easter oranges goes back hundreds of years when oranges were really a luxury item. The richer people of Morpeth used to give money to buy lots of oranges to give to the children, followed by games on the Easter Field.

“Now, of course, the games are held in Carlisle Park.”

The tradition of giving out Easter oranges goes back hundreds of years when oranges were really a luxury item.

Gillian Turner, Morpeth Town Council Clerk

This year’s activities saw the best turn-out in years as families made the most of the warmer weather.

Ms Turner said: “I think the weather really brought everyone out for the day. The park was absolutely heaving.

“In previous years we’ve been standing there in a blizzard with no children out at all, but this was the busiest year by far.

“We had lots of town councillors there, along with the Mayor and Mayoress, and we started giving out the oranges at 11am. By 12.10pm they were all gone. We also had a great turn-out for the games, lots of children took part.

“There were lots of families out having picnics in the park, it was such a lovely day. The ducks and the swans were out on the river, the boats were running and it was an enjoyable day for everyone who turned up.”