Countdown kicks off for music event

Ashleigh Armstrong, Alex Hume and Charlotte Barnsley of Blyth Town Real, at Blyth Links, which will host Northumberland Live this summer.
Ashleigh Armstrong, Alex Hume and Charlotte Barnsley of Blyth Town Real, at Blyth Links, which will host Northumberland Live this summer.

A team of young footballers helped to kick off the countdown to a free one-day music festival in Northumberland.

Northumberland Live will take place in Blyth on Saturday, June 27, and this week, three members of seven-a-side Blyth Town Real under 12 girls football team, swapped their footballs for guitars and cymbals as they look forward to the festival.

The event is this year being headlined by chart topping British acts Toploader and Doctor and The Medics, and is being supported by Northumberland County Council and Active Northumberland.

The young footballers of Blyth Town Real will be given the opportunity to stand amongst the gathered audience on June 27, and encourage people to donate however big or small, to help fundraise for the team that has just enjoyed its first full competitive season.

Karen Armstrong, one of the organisers at Blyth Town Real, said: “We hope to use Northumberland Live to help raise the profile of the club and to also raise money to purchase new equipment and allow players to attend tournaments next season.

“Football is a great way for these young girls to learn important life skills, the ability to work hard as a team and to work towards a common goal.”

Coun Val Tyler, policy board member for community infrastructure and culture at Northumberland County Council, added: “Northumberland Live is a wonderful event that has the ability to involve the whole community.”

Visit www.northumberlandlive.org for details.