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Residents' festival at Kirkley
Residents' festival at Kirkley
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THE 2012 Northumberland Residents’ Festival has been hailed a huge success after thousands of people visited many of the county’s top attractions.

Local venue owners English Heritage and the National Trust worked closely with Northumberland County Council to make the event, the third of its kind, bigger and better than ever before. A host of sites took part in the festival weekend, including castles, gardens, stately homes and museums. They offered free and discounted entry to people who live in Northumberland.

County Council Leader Jeff Reid said: “It’s easy to forget just how special the county is and the many great things there are to do and see on our doorstep.

“We couldn’t have been luckier with the weather and we are delighted that so many residents took the opportunity to experience the wonderful attractions Northumberland has to offer.”

Residents needed special vouchers to receive free or discounted entry to the attractions, which were available from libraries, council offices, tourist information centres, sports centres and from the county council’s website.

Although official visitor numbers have yet to be finalised for the festival weekend, the authority has said that more than 21,000 people looked at its online leaflet.