I WOULD like to thank Raj for the kind invitation to myself and family, and the outgoing chairperson of Northumberland County Council, Marcia Bircham, to the opening of the Maharaj’s Lounge Indian restaurant on April 28.
Raj has had the courage to invest great time and money over the past eight months to bring the old Lloyds Bank building back into commercial use.
This building has been empty for a considerable length of time due to issues with architectural listings on the outside.
The food and service was of the highest standard.
As the sitting councillor for the Croft Ward, I am also pleased to see that Wetherspoons have taken the old Wallaw Cinema to bring it back into use.
This is another listed building which has been out of use for far too long due to the internal art deco entrance needing to be preserved, which always made it a difficult building to let or sell.
I have seen suggestions on what to name the establishment on opening, and it is my opinion that it should be named ‘The Spirit of Blyth and Wetherspoons’, in keeping with the company practice of selling real ales, and it should take up the sales of the local brewery which sells a fine ale with the same name – Blyth Spirit.
I would like to offer both these businesses the best of luck as I feel this is helping to support Blyth town centre and the town in general.
COUN VINCE COLLIS