Gathering more funds

ANOTHER late funding boost has been handed to the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.

The William Leech Charity has awarded a grant to support the event’s extra Royal Wedding celebrations.

The main three-day festival runs from Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1, but the build-up is already under way.

Children from local schools have been making banners for the grand pageant, based on wedding traditions and the ancient Northumbrian royalty.

And on Wednesday there will be a pre-bookable workshop at Morpeth Chantry Bagpipe Museum for children to create two party table sculptures.

During the following week there will be drop-in sessions at the venue, from 11am to 2pm, Tuesday to Thursday, to make costume items, flags and wedding charms.

On the opening day of the festival, there will be a costume workshop in Morpeth Market Place at the Barnabas Safe and Sound yurt.

For a full programme, visit Morpeth Chantry Tourist Information Centre and libraries, or go to