New Morpeth working group

Business leaders, local councillors and trade organisations across Morpeth have formed a new working group to help promote their town.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 19 July, 2019, 12:07
Members of the new working group in Morpeth.

An initial stakeholder meeting has taken place to bring a wide range of groups and businesses together to build on the work carried out on events and promotions across the town and to work together.

A key group pulled together to work on a campaign against an out-of-town retail development on the edge of Morpeth two years ago, which they believed would have had a detrimental effect on the retail heart of the town.

This group, as well as others, are now working together to promote the town.

Representatives from the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade, Sanderson Arcade and Newgate Street Traders joined officials from Morpeth Town Council, Northumberland County Council, Morpeth Markets and Morpeth Rugby Club, as well as several town traders, at the meeting.

They discussed the Morpeth Food and Drink Festival, as well as plans for festive events in the town.

They now plan to meet regularly to ensure that all key stakeholders are involved and up-to-date with what is happening in the town.

Centre manager at Sanderson Arcade, Joel Plumley, said: “We are really fortunate here in Morpeth to have so many great groups and organisations with such a fantastic range of skills and expertise.

“It is really important that we all continue to work together to shout about the town and ensure that our town-wide events keep getting bigger and better.

“We’ve had a really productive first meeting, bringing everyone together with lots of exciting plans and ideas to discuss.”

Morpeth’s next big town-wide event is the Morpeth Book Festival on September 20 to 22, followed by the Morpeth Food and Drink Festival, which takes place on the weekend of October 5 and 6.

The grand spectacular unified Christmas Lights Switch-On for the whole town centre, including Sanderson Arcade, will be held on November 16.