Music stars are being lined up to help mark a landmark anniversary of a popular event.
Thousands of people are expected to attend the 150th anniversary of Northumberland Miners’ Picnic at Woodhorn Museum this month.
The one-day event on June 14 features music, memories and entertainment including street theatre, family fun, brass bands and choirs, and the traditional Miners’ Memorial Service.
Among the acts lined up at Glenn Tilbrook of pop group Squeeze, international folk stars The Unthanks and singer songwriter Johnny Handle.
Maggie Lang, chairperson of Ashington Town Council, said: “We were delighted this year to be asked to be both a sponsor and also part of the organising team for the Northumberland Miners’ Picnic, which is shaping up to be a great family day out here in Ashington with something for everyone and of all ages.”
The Northumberland Miners’ Picnic is one of the oldest workers’ gatherings of its kind in the country, with the first one staged at Blyth Links in 1864.
Keith Merrin, director of Woodhorn, said: “We’ve pulled out all of the stops for the 150th anniversary of this historic event and it will be an amazing day at our museum and former colliery.”
Admission is free although normal car parking charges will apply.
A free shuttle bus will operate from Ashington bus station and a free park and ride system will also be available.
Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “The picnic is an event in which the council has a lot of pride.
“I am looking forward to the day, which should attract a lot of families and visitors.”
Full details at www.experiencewoodhorn.com