Memories made of this

Carol Bell and Kayleigh Common with the display in the Morpeth Herald window.
Carol Bell and Kayleigh Common with the display in the Morpeth Herald window.

SHOPPERS can take a trip down Morpeth’s memory lane as businesses delve into their past.

Last year, many of the traders in Newgate Street teamed up with Morpeth Antiquarian Society to put on window displays about the history of their buildings or businesses as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme.

The event was such a success that they are again showing off their past, and this year Oldgate is also joining in. The Herald office is not to be left out and is displaying old newspapers and photographs, and thanks to the generosity of the MacKay family, which founded and owned the paper until the 1980s, we are also able to show a collection of printing materials, publications and pictures.

Among the other businesses taking part are FH Hardy florist, which is displaying information about Morpeth’s seedmen, and Jewsons, which has information about an old theatre that was situated off Oldgate. Many other traders are putting on their own mini-exhibitions.

The antiquarians are also taking advantage of an empty unit in Oldgate to display a variety of material, including information about Oldgate bridges, the post office and the town’s first postmaster from the Queen’s Head in 1690.

Antiquarian Kim Bibby-Wilson said: “We have been able to get round more businesses this year and it is good that Oldgate is also able to join in.

“A lot of people can remember that it was of such interest last year and they are keen to take part.

“We are asking people to leave the displays up a bit longer than just the heritage days because there are one or two who left them up all year and they have had tourists looking at them.”

Heritage Open Days run until Sunday.