Tickets go on sale for town’s next great Gathering

TICKETS are now on sale for the first event of the 45th Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.

The fund-raising concert for the festival takes place at Morpeth Town Hall next month, featuring an array of well-known performers.

Alistair Anderson will entertain on concertina and Northumbrian pipes, storyteller and singer Bob Bolam will perform, and the Border Directors will get toes tapping.

There will also be fiddler Bennett Hogg, students Rachael Hales and Nathan Armstrong, on cello and viola respectively, and mouth organ player Ernie Gordon, among others.

The whole event will be compered by Morpeth Gadgy Alex Swailes and will culminate with a Blaydon Races sing-song to tie in with the Gathering’s Olympic theme.

The annual concert provides invaluable funds to support the Gathering.

Organisers are also working hard to secure grants for the programme.

Plans are already in place to celebrate Morpeth’s strong sporting heritage in the festival, which runs from Friday, April 13, to Sunday, April 15, and there will be lectures, exhibitions and craft workshops.

Morpeth’s recently returned Coat of Arms will also feature prominently in the events, and there will be the usual mix of arts, dialect and music activities.

The fund-raising concert will be held on Friday, February 10. Tickets cost £8.50, £7.50 concession, and are available from Morpeth Chantry Tourist Information Centre on 01670 535200.