Service brings community together

Ponteland Civic Service. Pics Trevor Walker
Ponteland Civic Service. Pics Trevor Walker

THE rain failed to dampen the parade on Sunday at Ponteland’s Civic Service.

Dignitaries joined community groups of all ages for the annual march from the Memorial Hall to the service at St Mary’s Church led by the Rev Peter Barham, Vicar of Ponteland.

Pipers, the Boys Brigade and Girl Guides, local WIs and Ponteland Bowling Club all took part, along with representatives from Northumbria Police, Kirkley Hall, Northumberland County Council and local churches.

Morpeth Pipe Band led the civic party, which included Ponteland’s new Mayor Peter Cowey, the Chairman of Northumberland County Council George Todd and Deputy Lord Lieutenant Caroline Pryer.

Coun Cowey said: “This is the third year of this now popular event in Ponteland’s calendar and once again it was great to see people of all ages join together for the community gathering.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved in organising such a successful event.”

Guests, including politicians, business people and representatives of a wide range of parish organisations, charities and clubs, enjoyed afternoon tea in the Memorial Hall.

The next big community event run by the town council is Music in the Park, in Ponteland Park on Saturday, July 2.