The annual Morpeth Picnic In The Park was held in Carlisle Park on Sunday, July 17.
It was the most successful ever, with about 1,500 people, mostly children, enjoying the festivities.
We added a few extra events and attractions, with Jan Szymczuk, a caricature painter, the Morpeth Art Group and the Whitehouse Farm Centre petting zoo. We also had regular events and activities, with Nat Lunatrick, magic, unicycle riding and juggling; Alison Starky, face painting; Barry Mead, medieval tile making; Sue Dibben, art project; Woodhorn Matters; Guide Dogs; Jo Jingles; Ellington Colliery Band and a free barbecue from Morpeth Churches Together, operated by Mike Willis and his team from the New Life Christian Centre.
The Army Cadets helped with setting up gazebos, moving tables and chairs, handing out leaflets and any task we asked of them. They were brilliant. They also provided a climbing wall, which was very popular.
Picnic in The Park is an excellent example of community groups working for the benefit and enjoyment of the community. This annual free event is organised by the Arts and Culture Group of the Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT), with support from Northumberland County Council’s Carlisle Park team of Frances, John and Mark, who are key in making this such a success, Morpeth Town Council, Morpeth Lions, Morpeth Churches Together, especially New Life Christian Centre, Morpeth Army Cadets, volunteers, and Karen and Caroline from the staff of GMDT.
A debt of gratitude goes to Alex Swailes, Morpeth Gadgy, who keeps us informed as to what events are happening, and entertained us throughout the afternoon with his Northumbrian dialect tales.
I hope I have not forgotten to mention anyone who helped make this the most successful and best attended picnic ever.
A final thank-you to all of the people who came from near and far and enjoyed a fantastic afternoon in our amazing park. We hope to see all of you at the 2017 Picnic in The Park.
GMDT Director (Arts and Culture)