Gold for key town services

Morpeth Chantry.
Morpeth Chantry.

Morpeth’s tourist information and craft centre was among the big winners at the North East England Tourism Awards ceremony on Tuesday night.

The services at The Chantry received the gold accolade in the Visitor Information Provider of the Year category.

Seven golds in total were given out to Northumberland businesses and organisations across the 15 categories, along with five silver and five bronze awards.

Among the silver winners was Northumberland Cheese Company, which is based in Blagdon. The Berwick-upon-Tweed tourist information centre picked up a bronze.

Coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at the county council, said: “These awards are recognition for all the hard work of the staff teams in Morpeth and Berwick who have made the tourist information centres such a success.

“Northumberland is an amazing place to visit and across the county we are working closely with tourism, landscape, leisure and heritage groups, organisations and private providers to build on our county’s success.”

The other gold award recipients were Bamburgh Castle Inn (Seahouses), Leaplish Waterside Park, Blacksmiths Cottage (Alnham), Kielder Observatory and St Cuthbert’s House, Seahouses, which won gold in two categories.

Visitor figures to Northumberland stood at 9.3million in 2014 – a rise from 8.8million in 2013.