Follow beacons and paint town red and yellow

Ashington is a Northumberland Day Beacon.
Ashington is a Northumberland Day Beacon.

Organisers of the inaugural Northumberland Day want the likes of Morpeth to follow the example set by places such as Ashington.

The town is being heralded as a beacon of good practice following the call to turn the county red and yellow from top to bottom in the run-up to Sunday, May 28.

Ashington has been at the forefront of the Northumberland Day celebrations, having been the first town to get involved thanks to the enthusiasm of Ashington Town Team and its co-ordinator, Michelle Brannigan.

On Saturday, May 27, a Northumberland-themed market will take place in the town centre, featuring producers such as Northumbrian Smokehouse, Dinky Donuts from Pegswood, Lynemouth’s Kenspeckle and the Northumberland Cheese Company. Additionally, there will be a symbolic 10am hoisting of the Northumberland flag in the Memorial Garden and traditional jazz bands playing in the town centre.

Sunday, May 28 – thanks to the commitment of resident John Emery – sees Ashington Rocks take place at the White House Unique Social Club with six bands on the bill.

Fervent support for Northumberland Day and the opportunity it presents to celebrate everything Northumbrian, past and present, is also evident in Beadnell.

Northumberland Day organiser, Jane Hunt, whose client Langley Castle has championed Northumberland Day since July 2015, said: “Ashington and Beadnell are beacons of good Northumberland Day practice and are showing other towns and villages what they too could do to show their passion for Northumberland, their community spirit and their civic pride.

“We want to know of any other events, particularly around Berwick, Morpeth and Corbridge, where our knowledge of what is happening is patchy.

“For reasons that we shall reveal shortly, we need to know of every event or celebration that is taking place, as we have a special plan to capture all of the activities and enable them to become lasting memories. If we don’t know about it, event and activity organisers could miss being included in the Northumberland Day credits.

“Villages and schools should also remember that we have Northumbie Awards that they could scoop if they are deemed the best celebrators and participants in Northumberland Day. We are also hoping to bring more corporate sponsors on board, which will mean more Northumbies, in more categories.

“Don’t let your rivals beat you to the prize or the kudos of being a sponsor.”

For more information, visit www.northumberland day.net or send an email to NDay@catapultpr.co.uk to share details of your events.