Church and library take part in free for all held to celebrate heritage

THIS year’s Heritage Open Days initiative was celebrated in Bedlington at the weekend with a look back over 1,000 years of history of St Cuthbert’s Church.

Members of the church were on hand to explain how it had evolved since 1120.

Members of the Tyneside Scottish Association were also on hand to explain the significance of the memorial chapel at the church to the regiment.

Association members Fred Povey and Ray Warner presented a framed copy of the association’s badge to the Rev Derry Twomey to cement the links between them and the church.

Craft stalls were also set up including one by the 2252 (Bedlington) Squadron of the Air Training Corps.

A service on Sunday had a Georgian theme with several of the congregation in period dress to mark the occasion.

Library staff at Blyth School Community College held a community coffee morning as part of the annual Heritage Open Days event.

Visitors had the opportunity to view the Bates Colliery banner, rehomed in the school’s library a year ago.

Retired school technician and local history buff George Townsend brought along his collection of press cuttings and a history DVD and was on hand to answer questions.

A photographic display depicted scenes of mining, the restored Blyth Battery and the town’s new wind turbine.

Proceeds from the event will be added to money raised at the Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning to be held in the school’s open learning centre, between 10am and noon on Friday, September 28.