More details of freedom parade road closures

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Roads will be closed temporarily in the centre of Morpeth on Friday as more than 160 servicemen and women from the county’s adopted warship march through the town to re-affirm their Freedom of Northumberland.

As well as encouraging members of the public to give the personnel from HMS Northumberland a very warm welcome, the county council is warning them to expect traffic congestion from around 1.15pm.

As a result, spectators are asked to get into town early and anyone who can avoid bringing a vehicle into town is asked to do so.

The majority of the road closures will be rolling and once the parade has passed, the road will immediately re-open.

However, Bridge Street will be closed between 1.15pm and 3pm. There will be a local diversion around Dark Lane and Manchester Street.

The parade will start in Coopies Lane at 1.30pm, marching down to Mafeking roundabout and following the A197 down over Telford Bridge, turning left on to Bridge Street. 

It will halt outside Morpeth Town Hall, where civic leaders from around the county will be assembled for a short speech and ceremony.

A scroll re-affirming the honour will then be presented to HMS Northumberland’s Commanding Officer, Trish Kohn.