Thousands enjoy inaugural Northumberland Day

Mark Percival makes the first cut into the worlds biggest stottie, watched by Langley Castle Hotel owner Dr Stuart Madnick.
Mark Percival makes the first cut into the worlds biggest stottie, watched by Langley Castle Hotel owner Dr Stuart Madnick.
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The first Northumberland Day weekend saw thousands of people enjoying events and special initiatives the length and breadth of the county.

Further afield, there were expats celebrating in New Zealand and Spain.

Michelle Brannigan, Ashington Town Team coordinator, posted a photo of a Northumberland flag being waved in Churchill, New Zealand, on her Facebook page.

Michelle was the force behind a special Northumbrian market and the raising of a Northumberland flag in the Memorial Garden in Ashington, and also liaised with local resident John Emery, who arranged the sell-out rock concert, Ashington Rocks.

A giant-sized Northumberland Day curtain-raiser, at the birthplace of Northumberland Day – Langley Castle Hotel in Langley-on-Tyne – saw the world’s biggest stottie unveiled to hundreds of visitors who poured into the castle all day.

Devised by Langley’s head chef Mark Pervical, in conjunction with Dean Gibbon, head baker at Geordie Bakers in Newcastle, the circular whopper had a diameter of one metre and weighed more than 60kg when filled with ham and pease pudding. It was cut up and sold for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Northumberland Day organiser Jane Hunt, MD of Catapult PR, said: “We have to thank all of those who put so much into Northumberland Day 2017, devoting their time, efforts and passion, whether they were creating an event, taking part in an activity or supporting us with social media messages and shares.”