Chance to greet Morpeth Town FC heroes on Fair Day

The Fair Day parade will be even more popular this year.

Thursday, 9th June 2016, 11:28 am
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 11:57 am
Morpeth Town FC celebrate after winning the FA Vase final at Wembley. Picture by Chris Chambers

Those who attend the annual Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade event, which is taking place on Sunday, will be able to greet the FA Vase-winning Morpeth Town FC squad.

The players, management team and officials will be on an open-top bus and it will be the last vehicle in the parade that also includes Harley Davidson motorbikes and classic cars. It starts at noon.

When the bus has stopped by the main stage in the Market Place, the contingent from Morpeth Town will be introduced on the stage before going to Morpeth Town Hall for a civic reception.

The activities involving the club have been organised by members of the Morpeth Town Team organisation.

A new feature for Fair Day this year is a food court area on Newgate Street. This includes a range of stalls and a marquee with tables and chairs.

Big attractions on Sunday include Turners Funfairs, chainsaw demonstrations and falconry displays in High Stanners and novelty games, while a range of organisations, as well as local groups and charities, will have information displays on Bridge Street and Oldgate.

Performers on the main stage include Morpeth Pipe Band, King Edward VI School steel band, a brass band, dancers, Along Came Lola, Jason King, escape artist Rob Roy Collins and a group demonstrating karate.

Some will be on twice – check the noticeboard by the stage on the day for precise times.

In addition, four up-and-coming bands will play at Riverside Lodge in High Stanners – the venue is sponsoring the sound equipment.

The opening ceremony will take place from 10am and the children’s fun run will start at about 10.15am.

Chamber of Trade spokesman John Beynon said: “We’re anticipating huge numbers in the town centre on Sunday, particularly given the large amount of coverage about Morpeth Town FC’s FA Vase success.

“The food court feature has been set up to help independent traders in Newgate Street that have suffered from the pavement works disruption in recent weeks.

“Hopefully, this will encourage them to open their shop on Sunday.

“Once again, there are plenty of attractions that will appeal to all the family.”

As in previous years, there will be road closures in operation between 7am and 7pm for Bridge Street, Newgate Street and Oldgate.

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• On Saturday and Sunday, the Morpeth Antiquarian Society local history exhibition – called Conflict and Fire – will take place in the Corn Exchange of the Town Hall.

Topics include Morpeth in the First World War, special displays on those involved in the Battle of the Somme, Battle of Jutland and Fires of Morpeth – from the great King John fire of 1216 to Oliver’s Mill.

The special welcome to the triumphant Morpeth Town football team will also be reflected – not only in a display of photos of Morpeth football teams from a century or so ago, but also in newspaper reports of actual local highwaymen from days gone by.

It will be on display from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and between 10am and 4.30pm on Sunday.

Admission is free and refreshments will be available. There will also be children’s activities and a book stall.