Mad hatters out in force

Lions members and two partners parade their colourful hats on the stairs of Morpeth Town Hall with Town Mayor Ken Brown, his son Louis and Deputy Mayor Phil Taylor.
Lions members and two partners parade their colourful hats on the stairs of Morpeth Town Hall with Town Mayor Ken Brown, his son Louis and Deputy Mayor Phil Taylor.
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A MORPETH community group became ‘Mad Hatters’ to support a popular town festival.

Members of Morpeth Lions were out in force on the streets collecting in aid of the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering during the three-day event.

To provide additional amusement, some of the Lions drew attention to themselves by adopting colourful headwear.

It seems to have borne results as a total of £665.43 was raised. As per tradition, the group donated ‘its half’ of the proceeds back to the Gathering Committee.

Lions organiser Simon Pringle said: “Once again the people of Morpeth and the Gathering’s supporters from near and far have demonstrated their appreciation of the huge efforts made by the Gathering Committee to provide a weekend of traditional entertainment and spectacle.

“We were blessed with good weather and are very grateful to all who donated.”