Spotlight to shine on images that matter to social group

Morpeth Matters photo exhibition'Malcolm Watson Long Lady Walk
Morpeth Matters photo exhibition'Malcolm Watson Long Lady Walk
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A social media site set up to benefit the Morpeth community is hoping to harness members’ contributions for charity.

Facebook group Morpeth Matters was set up during the campaign against the Telford Bridge traffic lights to give local people a platform for raising issues of concern.

It now boasts more than 5,620 members, encouraging discussion on a wide range of local interests, and one of its most popular aspects has been the showcasing of members’ photographs of the area.

Now the group is planning a public exhibition of a selection of the pictures, with proceeds donated to Henry Dancer Days, a charity set up by member Jane Nattrass in memory of her son to provide help for families of children with cancer.

The event will be held at Morpeth Town Hall in December and all amateur photographers are invited to submit their pictures via the Facebook page for consideration. Local schools are also being encouraged to get involved.

Event organiser Barbara Ross, who came up with the idea, said: “I was very impressed by the quality of many of the beautiful photographs members of Morpeth Matters were uploading to the Facebook page.

“I felt that an exhibition at the Town Hall would be an ideal way to show off the beauty of our town and the photographic talent of local people.”

Morpeth Matters founder and fellow organiser David Towns said: “I feel this has the opportunity to be an amazing community event.

“Refreshments will be made available by volunteers from Henry Dancer Days, and the public will be able to purchase prints of many of the photographs, making ideal Christmas gifts.”

Other organisers include local resident Rachael Hogg, Morpeth town councillors David Clark and Bob Robertson and Northumberland county councillor for Morpeth North David Bawn.

Coun Bawn said: “We wanted to put something on to celebrate our wonderful town of Morpeth. What better way than to gather together images produced by residents of the town for the enjoyment of all?”

A preview evening of the exhibition will be held on Tuesday, December 2, by invitation with tickets costing £5, including a glass of wine. The exhibition will be open to the public the following day. Admission will be free, but donations are requested.

Entries should be pictures of Morpeth or surrounding parishes and must be submitted by Friday, October 31. Search for Morpeth Matters on Facebook or visit www.facebook.com/#!/groups/692646560812926/