Society explores visions for Berwick

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Wind farms, Portas funding and opportunities for school leavers were among the topics discussed at a ‘Question Time’ style session hosted by Berwick Civic Society.

Panellists Dr Nolan Dalymple, head of English and drama at Longridge Towers; journalist Fordyce Maxwell; Rev Matthew Knox, Vicar of Tweedmouth, Spittal and Ord; and former Berwick Borough Council chief executive Jane Pannell were invited to respond to questions on the theme of ‘Visions for Berwick’ at the event last Wednesday.

The panellists held a number of views on the complex question of what exactly was holding Berwick back.

The “curse of apathy” was one problem, according to Reverend Knox, who felt that there was currently more talking than doing in Berwick.

Ms Pannell said that she felt that the town suffered from a “depressed attitude”, while Mr Maxwell identified a need for people in the town to be “less miserable”.

Overall it was felt that a more forceful, pro-active attitude behind a widely-agreed strategic plan, pursued with strong leadership, was most needed to take Berwick forward.

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