Miners’ picnic set to make a return

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Families will gather at Woodhorn this weekend in a tradition stretching back nearly 150 years.

The 2013 Northumberland Miners’ Picnic on Saturday will celebrate the proud industrial heritage of the area.

Musicians, performers and craft folk will join with the community in the shadow of the pitwheels at the former colliery site, for a fun filled family day in the spirit of the past.

Northumberland’s unique culture will be marked with a rolling programme of traditional and contemporary performance including clog, rapper and Irish dancing, folk music and of course the sound of a Picnic, a brass band.

This year’s event will also feature a very special one-off performance from celebrated north east folk stars Bridie Jackson and The Arbour.

Museum director Keith Merrin said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome Bridie Jackson and The Arbour to Woodhorn for our big event,.

“We are particularly excited that their performance will incorporate the area’s past and feature brand new compositions inspired by our own archive collections.

“Bridie, Emily Portman and Ditte Elly have spent hours examining original historic documents and talking to archivists to find inspiration for new material and we are really looking forward to hearing the results at the Picnic.”

The fun starts at Woodhorn Museum in Ashington at 10am and full details of activities are available at www.experiencewoodhorn.com