Late-night event goes ahead

Members of Morpeth Pantomime Society singing in the rain at the town's late night Christmas shopping evening..
Members of Morpeth Pantomime Society singing in the rain at the town's late night Christmas shopping evening..

Even the weather couldn’t stop late-night shopping in Morpeth.

The town’s first late-night Christmas shopping evening for a number of years went ahead last week, despite appalling weather conditions.

Torrential rain from early afternoon threatened to disrupt the event, but the Morpeth Town Team organisers were determined to carry on.

Many shops and stores in the town centre remained open and the vast majority have already said they would support the event if it is organised again next year.

Ian Leech, one of the organisers, said: “Weather conditions could just not have been worse. As a result the number of shoppers out and about was not what we hoped for, but the positives were that we had tremendous support for the event, businesses ranging from the big stores to the smaller independent traders. All recognised that the weather conditions were totally beyond our control.

“The Town Team also wants to thank sincerely the organisations who carried on entertaining those shoppers who were out on the evening, including the New Life Christian Centre for presenting their live Nativity play, members of the Morpeth Pantomime Society, the all-ladies Werca’s Folk choir and the Salvation Army band.

“They showed the true British bulldog spirit that the show must go on and indeed the ladies from the choir took the initiative to go into shops and bars to sing rather than outside in the rain. The biggest thank-you of the evening, however, must go to those shoppers who did brave the weather to support the event.”

Medi Parry, manager of Sanderson Arcade and another of the Town Team event organisers, added: “The businesses we have spoken to have said they will support a similar event next year when hopefully the weather will be kinder to us.”

Sadly the weather also forced the cancellation of Morpeth’s Christmas Farmers’ Market on Saturday, but another is being held this Saturday and there will also be two more weekly Wednesday markets before Christmas.