Crowds flock to Morpeth Gathering

HUNDREDS of people flocked to a Northumberland town for it’s annual festival of all things traditional.

HUNDREDS of people flocked to a Northumberland town for it’s annual festival of all things traditional.

Scores of families flocked to the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering for some old-fashioned fun at the weekend.

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From street shows, indoor events, music, dance, craft, dialect, workshops, talks, walks and competitions, the annual event is now in its 44th year and hosts activities to celebrate different traditions.

Yesterday saw a host of May Day-themed events, such as a Maypole dance, a ‘Here We Go Gathering Nuts in May’ nature ramble and a Border Brawl re-enactment.

Kim Bibby-Wilson, chairwoman of the organising committee, said the event had gone very well despite lower numbers because of the royal wedding. Speaking at the event on Saturday, she said: "The royal wedding kept a few off the streets but we had a good influx of people into the town hall to watch it on the screens."

The gathering received funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the William Leech Charity.

 

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