Festival was best yet

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THIS year’s Northumberland Residents’ Festival was the biggest yet, official figures show.

More than 5,000 people took advantage of the event, which allowed free or discounted entry to the county’s attractions for local residents.

Twenty venues took part, including castles, gardens, stately homes and museums.

The event, which took place in March, was organised by Northumberland County Council to celebrate the fantastic offer of the area and give something back to locals.

Council Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism Neil Bradbury said: “This was our third residents’ festival and we are delighted that so many residents took the opportunity to experience the wonderful attractions Northumberland has to offer.

“Local attractions, English Heritage and the National Trust all worked closely with the council to make the event such a success and we thank them all for their full co-operation and support.”

A total of 22,448 people viewed the council’s festival web pages and 340 posted tweets, while hundreds gave positive comments on Facebook.

The council attracted an extra 2,800 social media friends and followers.