Action-packed weekend

Music festivals, marching soldiers and fell running are just some of the events taking place this weekend.

Music festivals, marching soldiers and fell running are just some of the events taking place this weekend.

Today is Thropton Show, near Rothbury, starting at noon.

The show includes a horticultural and industrial show, pony sports, sheepdog trial, terrier racing, dog show, quoits, a display from Ridgeside Falcons and the Simonside Fell Race which starts at 2.30pm.

Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will be marching through Newcastle and Alnwick today to celebrate their formation.

The Fusiliers' only Territorial Army battalion will exercise the Freedom of the City and form a freedom parade which leaves from Newcastle's Civic Centre at 10am and will be inspected by the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Coun Diane Packham.

Alnwick Castle will be the setting of this afternoon's parade, starting at 3pm, where the Duke of Northumberland and the Colonel of the Regiment will take the salute before presenting a number of operational medals to members of the battalion.

The Sights and Sounds of Haltwhistle Festival will also start today. The week-long festival will include traditional and popular music as well as jazz and starts with a concert tonight at the Holy Cross Church from Music of the North from Lyra at 7.30pm.

There will also be a week-long art and craft exhibition also in the Holy Cross Church featuring work from residents in the area as well as international photographers and artists. For more information and to book tickets, call (01434) 321577.

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