Indoor opening delight in town
Pubs and cafes in Morpeth have welcomed customers back inside for the first time in several months.
The latest stage in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, which came into effect on Monday, tempted a lot of people into the town centre to enjoy a drink or a meal with friends.
Morpeth Chamber of Trade chairman Ken Stait said: “It has been great to see the town centre busy and it seems like there is a real buzz about Morpeth again.
“Restaurants, pubs and coffee shops are key to the whole town offer. We will need the support of the public to get much-needed money back into our hospitality businesses.”
Black Bull in Bridge Street was among the pubs to welcome customers indoors from Monday.
New general manager Jim Smith came on board in November. Although he did not serve anyone until last month (outdoors) he was still kept busy painting, decorating, working on the menu and putting together creative offers for when it re-opened.
He added: “It’s great that we have taken another step towards normality and the customers have been more relaxed now they are able to come inside, especially as we have clearly signed Covid-safe measures in place.
“Hopefully, if the weather is good this summer, we will have plenty of customers indoors and outdoors.”
Sanderson Arcade centre manager Lottie Thompson said: “The latest easing of coronavirus restrictions is fantastic news for the cafes and restaurants here at Sanderson Arcade, who have been welcoming back indoor diners in a safe and secure setting.”
Hexham MP Guy Opperman said: “It has felt like a very long and hard winter and spring, and I know we have all been looking forward with excited anticipation to this next stage of the easing of restrictions.
“It is thanks to the hard work and dedication of the NHS vaccination teams, and the selfless discipline so many have shown in following the restrictions, that we can now cautiously and carefully begin to re-emerge to a more normal way of life.
“Employing our innate British common sense, I hope we will now take this opportunity to back our local hospitality and entertainment sectors and enjoy all there is to offer here Northumberland.”