Third time lucky

IT was third time lucky for the unveiling of a new public seat in Morpeth’s Carlisle Park.

A descendent of the family which opened the facility has donated a teak bench and dedication plaque to commemorate its 80th anniversary and it has been installed next to the William Turner Garden.

The park was built on ground presented to the town by the Countess of Carlisle in 1916. And the family’s association with it continued when Viscount Morpeth, the six-year-old son of Earl and Countess Carlisle, officially opened the facility in September 1929.

Morpeth Mayor Ken Brown unveiled the seat along with representatives from Northumberland County Council and the Friends of Carlisle Park.

“This has been postponed twice because of the weather so I’m delighted to finally unveil the seat,” he said.

“After having a conversation with Lord Ridley, the current Earl of Carlisle – who lives in Estonia – wrote to me and as well as wishing me well he said he would like to donate a bench for the public in an area where people can sit and admire the beauty of the park. I have invited him to come and see the bench, and for a reception at the Mayor’s Parlour, when he is next in the region.”