Show your pride on special day for Northumberland
Northumberland Day organisers have been raising awareness and stirring up local pride, getting out and about with their Rather Big Northumberland Day flag.
First stop for the flag was Seahouses harbour, in a town which will be turned red and yellow for the weekend celebrations and Northumberland Day itself, on May 26.
The team at Golden Gate Farne Island Boat Trips helped reveal a message to Northumbrians – show pride in your county.
A packed schedule already exists for Northumberland Day, perhaps the most iconic event being a walk over the sands on the Pilgrim’s Way to Holy Island, organised by Foosteps Northumberland and a sunset cruise to Grace Darling’s Longstone Island, with Golden Gate Boat Tours.
Villages like Norham and Beadnell are really going to town. As well as having a community picnic, games and tours of the castle, Norham also has painting workshops, to allow people to learn how to paint Turner’s views.
Beadnell is again planning its all-day celebration around the Craster Arms and again having the parade of Northumbrian pipers that proved such a wow-factor last year.
HospiceCare North Northumberland has taken part in the Northumberland Day Matchbox Memories initiative, which saw much-loved memories of the county being written on a plain matchbox. These memories will join those of schoolchildren and their parents and grandparents in a Big Northumberland Day Memory Bank.
Organiser, Jane Hunt said: “Northumberland Day is not just a celebration, but a force for good, uniting communities behind a common goal – that of showing pride in the county.
“We are also generating economic benefit for businesses and bringing additional tourism spend into the county. There is nothing not to like about Northumberland Day, which is driven by passion, not pounds.”
Everyone is being urged to get on board and use the hashtag #NorthumberlandDay to promote their activities.