Tea party to remember notable town figure

Hollon Tea Annuitants looking forward to their meal.

Hollon Tea Annuitants looking forward to their meal.

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DOZENS of elderly residents gathered for a meal to celebrate one of Morpeth’s oldest traditions.

The annual Hollon Tea took place on November 5 in Morpeth Town Hall.

It was set up in memory of Richard Hollon who donated a sum of money in 1881 for the benefit of elderly people in the town as a tribute to his late wife Mary.

The date of the event has always been the same – that of Richard and Mary’s wedding.

More than 70 elderly Morpeth residents are now Annuitants under the Mary Hollon Annuity and Relief Fund, and they enjoyed a four course meal.

Trustee Barbara Pringle said: “It’s wonderful that the Hollon Tea has been resurrected and a tribute to all past and present trustees that this long standing tradition continues.”

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