Estate opens up for heroes

Meldon Park
Meldon Park

A country estate will be helping soldiers of today with its First World War commemoration.

Meldon Park owners James and Emily Cookson will be inviting the public into their home on Monday to take a look around and view family mementoes from the war, including shrapnel taken from the estate’s own warhorse Pale Face, who survived the conflict despite being seriously injured at Ypres.

Meldon, near Morpeth, is Northumberland’s only Thankful Village, where all its soldiers returned home after the war.

All proceeds from the open day will go to Help For Heroes, which supports injured service personnel, and there will also be a charity stall in the Kitchen Garden Cafe.

Co-founder of the charity Bryn Parry said: “Help For Heroes is all about ‘doing your bit’ and this event is a wonderful example of people having a good idea and rallying support, while raising money for a wonderful cause.”

The stately home is open from 10am to 4pm. Admission costs £3 adults, children go free.