Community teams up in ‘Big Event’

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Thousands are set to flock to the site of the Miners’ Picnic later this month as part of a heritage event.

The Big Event 2 is a family fun day taking placing on Saturday, May 25, from 10.30am to 3.30pm, at Attlee Park in Bedlington.

Organised by local charity Leading Link, in partnership with the Bedlingtonshire Development Trust, the family day will also see the final of Northumberland’s Got Talent and a special enterprise market of local souvenirs by young people.

The enterprise market is part of a competition being running in local schools in which groups of young people have each been given a start-up grant to design, produce and market their own local souvenirs, which will be on sale to the general public on the day.

Malcolm Robinson, chief executive of the Bedlingtonshire Development Trust, said: “We are proud to be associated with this initiative.

“It is exactly what we need to further an enterprise culture amongst young people within Northumberland.”

The Big Event is part of a wider heritage project.

Lyn Horton, manager of Leading Link, said: “With so much going on with our Heritage Lottery Fund project, it seems the perfect opportunity to invite everyone to celebrate this fantastic area – and there promises to be something for everyone at The Big Event.”