Terrific events keep traditions alive today

I was privileged at the weekend to attend two terrific events in my constituency.

The first was the annual Northumberland Miners’ Picnic at Woodhorn Museum – an event that’s very close to my heart, coming as I do from a mining background.

Today’s Picnic is very different to the ones I remember first attending as a young boy with my family.

Nevertheless, it still draws in the crowds and is a poignant reminder that we must never forget the contribution this great industry of ours made to this area.

These days, our County NUM branch is delighted to work with Northumberland County Council, the team at Woodhorn and Ashington Town Council to stage the picnic, and I would publicly pay tribute and thank them most sincerely for their support in keeping the event alive.

On Sunday I was at Morpeth Town Fair, which again attracted huge crowds to the town. The event is organised by the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade and what struck me forcibly was the number of people willingly giving up their own time to put on such a terrific day for families to enjoy.

Congratulations to all those involved behind the scenes with the fair.