Musicians mark a milestone at castle

Morpeth Castle. Picture by Nigel Shuttleworth.
Morpeth Castle. Picture by Nigel Shuttleworth.
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Visitors can take the chance to see inside an historic Morpeth landmark in a celebratory open weekend.

Morpeth Castle, which was built more than 700 years ago, will open its doors on Saturday and Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Landmark Trust.

The charity lets out the castle for short breaks as part of its national programme rescuing significant buildings and giving them a new lease of life.

Since May 1965, it has taken on nearly 200 historic properties and, at 3pm on Saturday, the trust will stage a Golden Moment when local musicians at 25 of its landmark sites will simultaneously perform a new piece of music for the anniversary, composed by Kerry Andrew.

In Morpeth, Lines Loops Bones and Stones: An Anthem For Landmark will be performed by The Border Directors, who specialise in traditional Northumbrian music.

Trust Engagement Manager Kasia Howard said: “We would love to see the local community during the Golden Weekend – people for whom Morpeth Castle is part of their local scene.

“This is a chance for us to celebrate Britain’s amazing history with everyone.”

The castle will be open from 10am to 4pm throughout the weekend.

This is a chance for us to celebrate Britain’s amazing history with everyone.

Kasia Howard, Landmark Trust Engagement Manager