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FINAL preparations are under way for the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.

The three-day festival begins on Friday, April 29 with Royal wedding celebrations, stalls, crafts and entertainment in the Market Place and Town Hall.

And in the evening Morpeth Methodist Church will host the railway-themed concert On The Write Lines, featuring Johnny Handle of piping group Robson’s Choice.

He will not be joined by the rest of the High Level Ranters as fiddler and smallpipe Colin Ross is unwell.

However, in Colin’s honour, any musicians in the audience will be invited to join Johnny and other performers in the final set, the two well-known High Level tunes.

Visitors to the Gathering on Saturday, April 30 are asked not to park at the Rugby Club as a sporting event is being held, but a free vintage bus park and ride system will operate from County Hall.

There will be an hour-long road closure in the town centre from 10.45am on the Saturday for the grand pageant, though there will be a diversion in place. Delays may be caused at 11am when the procession of musicians, dancers and flags will be joined by the 12-tonne steam roller The Coquet Lass.

Volunteers have been recruited to take part in historic re-enactments of Border Brawls, working with Time Bandits to recreate the Wardens’ Day of Truce and the Raid of Redswire in 1575.

For further information visit www.northumbriana.org.uk