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OUTLAWS will be invading Morpeth streets this spring — and a cry has gone out for more rebels to join the fray.

The annual Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering will return in April, with all the traditional parades, entertainment and competitions.

Unfortunately, the usual battle re-enactment group is unable to attend this year due to other commitments.

But all is not lost, as Morpeth residents are being invited to fill the breach by recreating the times of the Border Reivers, including the Wardens’ Day of Truce and the infamous Raid of the Reidswire of 1575.

Anybody is welcome to enlist for the re-enactments, but organisers are particularly keen to hear from those whose family names are associated with the time.

For the Northumbrians, they include Forster, Charlton, Robson, Dodd, Milburn, Storey, Selby, Gray, Heron, Widdrington, Musgrave, Copeland, Chamberlain, Cuthbert, Watson, Hedley, Ridley, Carnaby, Dunne, Johnstone, Simpson, Collingwood, Percy and Fenwick.

And for the Scots, there is Armstrong, Carmichael, Elliott, Bell, Crozier, Nixon, Burn, Maxwell, Johnson, Douglas, Scott, Kerr (Carr), Hume, Pringle, Irvine, Tait, Tweedie, Trotter, Cockburn, Henderson, Rutherford and Riddel.

The first rehearsal for the event will be held at St Robert’s Church Hall in Oldgate on Tuesday, February 22, at 7.30pm.

The Gathering itself runs from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1, with the re-enactments on the Saturday and Sunday.

Clothing, arms and other equipment can be provided.

For more information contact Tamsin Lilley on 01670 501932 or email tamsin.lilley@gmdt.org