Community joins together for annual civic parade

Ponteland's Civic Service'The parade through the town.''.
Ponteland's Civic Service'The parade through the town.''.

CIVIC leaders joined community groups of all ages in the glorious sunshine for Ponteland’s Civic Service on Sunday.

Morpeth Pipe Band led the annual march from the Memorial Hall to the service at St Mary’s Church, which was conducted by The Reverend Peter Barham, Vicar of Ponteland, assisted by The Rev Joan Ross and The Rev Ian Suttie.

They were joined by the Boys Brigade, Army Cadets and members of a wide range of local organisations, including charities and clubs, along with representatives from Northumbria Police, Kirkley Hall, Northumberland County Council and local churches.

The civic party included Ponteland’s Mayor and Mayoress Peter and Sheila Cowey, the Chairman of Northumberland County Council Jim Smith, Mayor of Morpeth Mark Horton, Mayor of Blyth Kath Nisbet and members of Newbiggin and Amble town councils in parades to and from the Memorial Hall, where guests enjoyed afternoon tea after the service.

Coun Cowey said: “It was great to see people of all ages join together for this community gathering in blazing sunshine just days before the Diamond Jubilee celebrations get properly underway.

“I’d like to thank Town Clerk Kath Mavin and everyone else involved in organising such a successful event.”

Following the Jubilee celebrations, the next big community event, run by Ponteland Town Council, is Music in the Park, which will take place in Ponteland Park on Saturday, July 8, from 2pm.