BAGPIPES: A key part of the Chantry

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I wonder if, when Maurice Cole signed the contract to bring a certain bagpipe collection to Morpeth Chantry, he anticipated the move to be such a success.

With the collection becoming such an integral part of the building, it is difficult to imagine one without the other.

If you took such a heritage asset from the building, who knows how that would impact on the future role of the Chantry?

Equally, it’s difficult to conceive of another viable location for the collection in the town that would be as accessible and suitable.

A good friend of mine whose family had a shop in Morpeth for many years once told me that if the people who said they missed his shop had come into it more often he would have still been in business as income, not sentiment, keeps a business going.

But when John Beynon made his announcement about his business moving away from the front shop, people who particularly remembered his mother and father will have felt some sadness at the change.

As another family business that’s been around for decades disappears from the high street, you wonder how many businesses trading now in Morpeth will last one generation, never mind more than one, given the changes in the local economy.

Given the wet Easter we have had, when you walk from Northbourne Avenue to the bus station you see a number of styles of drains that have been in use for many a decade.

Some are more effective than others, and some appear not to have been emptied since the last time drains were emptied.

Given the importance of effective drainage to reducing the impact of surface water during periods of significant rain, I wonder how quickly reports of blocked drains to the relevant authority get answered.

The greater the feedback, the greater the understanding of where improvements need to be made.

Robert Pollard

Northbourne Avenue

Morpeth