Traders help Mayor with traditional tea

A traditional get-together with the Mayor turned into a showcase for Morpeth businesses this year.

The annual Meet The Mayor event was held in Morpeth Town Hall on Friday afternoon, offering local residents and visitors to the area the opportunity to have a face-to-face chat with the town’s civic head Nic Best and Mayoress Joan Howard.

Resident Evelyn Hudson takes the opportunity to Meet The Mayor, Nic Best.

Resident Evelyn Hudson takes the opportunity to Meet The Mayor, Nic Best.

Traditionally, tea and refreshments are served and this year Coun Best invited local cafes and other eateries the chance to provide the food and promote their businesses.

New Market Nibbles, the Chantry Tea Rooms, Peppermint Tea Rooms, Cafe Des Amis and Glentons all took up the offer, and their tasty treats went down a storm.

Coun Best said: “The event has been very successful. We had a lot of people through the door and it’s been great.

“There were people who had been to the event before and ordinary members of the public who came in to see what was happening.

“The cakes have gone down very well and I would like to thank the traders who supplied the food.”

There was light musical entertainment courtesy of fellow Morpeth town councillor Dave Pope, and the Mayor’s chosen charity, the Samaritans of Northumbria, set up an information stall and helped to serve the refreshments. Other town councillors also attended.

This year is Coun Best’s first stint as Mayor after 18 years as a councillor.

He said: “I am thoroughly enjoying it – it’s lovely to meet so many different people.”