A packed Gathering programme delights residents and visitors

The Addison Rapper group pictured during the parade. Picture by Doug Harrison.
The Addison Rapper group pictured during the parade. Picture by Doug Harrison.

Thousands of people flocked to the town to enjoy the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering’s events, activities and parade.

The annual event, which ran from Friday to Sunday, invites musicians, artists and a wealth of entertainers and experts to the town to share their enjoyment of the treasures of local music, craft and heritage.

Taking a special place in the procession were the Sheffield City Giants. Picture by Doug Harrison.

Taking a special place in the procession were the Sheffield City Giants. Picture by Doug Harrison.

Visitors came from across the UK and abroad and among the popular attractions were the Astral Circus Saturday evening fire-breathing show and the activities at the exhibition café in the leisure centre.

Kim Bibby-Wilson, committee chairman, said: “We’re delighted with the success of the Gathering.

“The weather was decent, apart from the rain on Saturday afternoon that curtailed some of the events in Carlisle Park.

“We were told the craft competition entries were of a really high standard and the model of a Northumberland Fusilier by Tom Maley that was part of the Town Hall exhibition will remain there for a while.

Morris dancing was among the entertainment during the Gathering parade on Saturday. Picture by Anne Hopper.

Morris dancing was among the entertainment during the Gathering parade on Saturday. Picture by Anne Hopper.

“There were very good attendances for the indoor concerts and the barn dance on the Saturday night.”

“We would like to thank Northumberland County Council, Morpeth Town Council, other organisations and individuals for providing us with funding and the county again for manning the parade closure, Northumbria Police and Greater Morpeth Development Trust for their support and our new Gathering venues – Café Des Amis and Riverside Lodge.”

The Ram Tanners musicians led the parade in the role of two Morpeth Waits. A group of Northumbria Police cadets helped out, two of them are pictured. Picture by Doug Harrison.

The Ram Tanners musicians led the parade in the role of two Morpeth Waits. A group of Northumbria Police cadets helped out, two of them are pictured. Picture by Doug Harrison.

As they have done many times previously, Ron and Shirley Forster played the roles of Lord and Lady Greystoke during the parade. Picture by Doug Harrison.

As they have done many times previously, Ron and Shirley Forster played the roles of Lord and Lady Greystoke during the parade. Picture by Doug Harrison.

The civic group included Morpeth Gadgy Alex Swailes, centre, who returned after missing last year due to illness. Picture by Doug Harrison.

The civic group included Morpeth Gadgy Alex Swailes, centre, who returned after missing last year due to illness. Picture by Doug Harrison.

Morpeth Deputy Mayor Jack Gebhard gets up close to the Wild Thing From the Moors performance by People From The Past historic entertainment.

Morpeth Deputy Mayor Jack Gebhard gets up close to the Wild Thing From the Moors performance by People From The Past historic entertainment.

Abbey Tilley, 13, was successful in the traditional ballad, open unaccompanied solo and junior solo song categories and second for female song performance. Picture by Diane Makepeace Photography.

Abbey Tilley, 13, was successful in the traditional ballad, open unaccompanied solo and junior solo song categories and second for female song performance. Picture by Diane Makepeace Photography.