New radio station has backing of Duchess

T Geoffrey Willey celebrates his 100th birthday with the Duchess of Northumberland.
T Geoffrey Willey celebrates his 100th birthday with the Duchess of Northumberland.

THE Duchess of Northumberland has backed a group of volunteers in their aim to establish a community radio station in Bedlington.

Her support comes as work on the station – Synergy – nears completion.

In a letter to the South Northumberland Radio Group (SNRG) she writes: “I fully support this enterprising project of the group which will reach out into the community giving information, help and pleasure to many who may not have the opportunity to interact with others.

“With every good wish to all those who have been involved in the setting up, funding and running of Synergy; this station deserves to be a great success.”

In addition to the backing of the Duchess, the Alnwick Castle-based Northumberland Estates has confirmed its support for the project.

It stated:

“This facility will prove to be useful and beneficial to the local community.”

Colin Heathcote, SNRG chairman, said: “We are delighted that the Duchess is backing our project.

“She had previously acknowledged our aim to provide a genuinely accessible community radio station to serve South East Northumberland when she invited us to attend the recent garden party for Northumberland volunteers attended by The Queen.”

South Northumberland Radio Group exist to provide the community area of Wansbeck, Blyth Valley and Castle Morpeth with broadcast standard facilities for audio recording and training, and also to provide an FM radio service to the district.

A studio will be open to individuals, community groups and educational establishments for the purpose of media and technology training, and to facilitate the creation of other audio media.