Fair offers look back at the past

A TRIP back in time is awaiting history buffs and their families at the Bedlington Heritage Fair this weekend.

Saturday’s fair, to be centred around the town’s recently-refurbished market place, will feature demonstrations of traditional skills and crafts including willow-weaving.

There will also be a vintage bus tour and a talk by local historian Barry Mead, as well as storytelling for children by Gary Cordingley.

The fair is being run as part of the Bedlington townscape heritage initiative and is also linked to the nationwide Heritage Open Days programme.

A schedule of free activities will run from 10am until 3.30pm in the market place and at St Cuthbert’s Church and Gallagher Park.

Tom Brechany, pictured, executive member for regeneration at Northumberland County Council, said: “It is great to take opportunities such as this to bring to life the many features of an area’s past.

“The programme for the heritage fair in Bedlington looks fascinating, and I hope that many people will come out to enjoy the day, or take the opportunity to visit the town for the first time.”

For further information, go to www.heritageopendays.org/northumberland

n Officials from sustainable transport charity Sustrans will be unveiling a portrait bench at Gallagher Park between noon and 3pm – not last Saturday, as was incorrectly reported in last week’s News Post Leader.

We apologise for any confusion or inconvenience caused.

The bench features images of GP John Brown, steam engine designer Daniel Gooch and animal welfare campaigner Mary Weightman.