Activities set to be free

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CHILDREN will be able to enjoy free activities at half-term, thanks to Newbiggin Town Council.

The authority will pay fees for youngsters at a range of pastimes, from archery to cycling and dance, run by Blyth Valley Leisure.

It is hoped the approach will attract more participants than when a similar scheme ran in the summer.

It pulled in only an average of six at each session.

Members felt a £5 cost would be onerous for families with a few children and so those attending should be reimbursed.

It is hoped to publicise the sessions more widely next year with a mailshot to parents.