Open air concerts in town hailed a big success

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A CROWD favourite brought a series of music performances in Morpeth’s Market Place to a close.

Over the last two months, the Town Team – consisting of Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade, Greater Morpeth Development Trust and Morpeth Town Council – provided free musical entertainment in the area.

The aim of the open-air summer concerts was to promote Morpeth and enhance the town’s shopping experience.

Jason King, who sings a range of styles, entertained the audiences on both the first and final Saturday. Other performers included Lewis Denny and Lucy Curry, Tom Wyllie, Lou Coel, Michelle Tufnel and duo Rachel and Clare.

Some of the artists have come through the Sage Academy, which is the north’s only full-time vocational performing arts college and also offers part-time classes to children aged five and upwards.

Town Team spokesman John Beynon said the combination of music and the Farmers’ Market for the final performance meant that the Market Place was full of people.

He added: “The music programme has been a tremendous success.

“We’ve had a varied selection of artists who have all gone down extremely well with the large audiences we’ve had every week.

“Every member of the public we’ve spoken to all thought the concerts created a fantastic atmosphere in the town.

“And many of them said they came into Morpeth for a few hours to do some shopping and take in the high-quality music in the Market Place.”