What’s on at the click of a mouse

INFORMATION about exciting events is the latest Northumberland feature to join a social network.

The county council is piloting a new page on Facebook to keep residents, visitors and tourists up to date with what’s going on via their computer or smart phone.

Users can sign up to be alerted about events such as the summer reading challenge at local libraries or activities at attractions like Belsay and Wallington.

The authority already has several successful social networking profiles covering issues like school closures and emergency road closures, which have attracted almost 11,000 followers.

Council Leader Jeff Reid said: “With so much going on around the county, particularly during the summer months, it’s really worth signing up to find out about the best events in Northumberland.

“I think this will be a really useful tool for local people and tourists who will be able to find all the best events at the touch of a button.

“This is a really important issue for people across Northumberland, particularly in the rural areas which is why we’re currently preparing a bid to try and attract more funding for super fast broadband.”

Communications Manager Ross Wigham added: “According to our research more than 52 per cent of people in Northumberland now use social media sites in their everyday lives, making it a powerful tool for keeping our residents informed.

“Sites like Facebook and Twitter are growing all the time and are now delivering information to our residents in an accessible and convenient way.”

To find out what’s on in Northumberland, visit www.facebook.com/northumberlandevents