Events to mark 10th anniversary of major flood in Morpeth

Flooding in the High Stanners area.
Flooding in the High Stanners area.

On September 6, 2008, more than 1,000 residential and business properties were damaged as a result of the River Wansbeck bursting its banks and surface water flooding.

Those who had to leave their homes in Morpeth because of the devastating event can tell their stories at the Town Hall on Sunday to mark the 10-year anniversary.

Organisers have now revealed more details for the public exhibition, which runs from 10am to 4pm and will be officially opened by Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery.

Also in attendance will be members of the Morpeth Flood Action Group and Environment Agency, who will be available to speak with people with any questions about flooding and developments over the past few years, and Hive Community Radio will be present to record people’s experiences of and reflections upon the flood.

Entry is free and there will be light refreshments.

On Saturday, between 7.30pm and 9.30pm, there will be an evening of stories, poetry, music and drama.

The audience will also be addressed by some of those affected by the flood and who played their part in providing support and practical help over the ensuing weeks and months.

This event will be opened by Morpeth Mayor Jack Gebhard.

Tickets are priced £5 – a glass of wine is included. They are on sale at Grape and Grain and Stait Photography.

Barbara Ross, one of the organisers, said: “This was a life-changing experience for so many people in our community and we would like to take this opportunity to reflect upon what happened and what can be learned from it.

“It’s part of our history and it’s also an opportunity to further acknowledge the groups and individuals who provided support.”

A number of businesses and properties in Morpeth town centre have agreed to display posters today showing photographs from September 6, 2008, to mark the actual anniversary of the flood.