Duke of Northumberland: Christmas message
It has been a year of extreme contrasts – a highly-successful Jubilee and outstanding Olympics demonstrated that we, as a country, can still put on a great show while the miserable weather and dismal economy have done their best to bring us back to reality.
We had our own Royal visit when Prince Charles visited the Northumbrian coast in July.
But the rest of the summer produced little to cheer about; flood damage has been horrendous and I have the deepest sympathy for all those whose homes and treasured belongings were ruined.
The weather, Olympics and Jubilee took their toll on tourism, and the local economy has suffered badly as a result.
Putting all that behind us, my hopes and prayers for 2013 are for a warm, dry summer, a viable scheme for Alnwick schools and sports facilities, plenty of tourists and a decision to dual the entire A1 as far as Berwick as soon as possible.
Following my mother’s death in September, I would like thank the people and those who knew her from throughout the county for so many kind letters.
She touched many people’s hearts and loved Northumberland and its inhabitants to the end.
For my family, being without her for Christmas will be a strange experience, and I am sad that she won’t be here for her granddaughter Melissa’s wedding in the summer.
With best wishes and a very Merry Christmas to all your readers and staff.
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Weather for Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Sunday 26 May 2013
Temperature: 6 C to 15 C
Wind Speed: 15 mph
Wind direction: South west
Temperature: 7 C to 12 C
Wind Speed: 22 mph
Wind direction: South