Follow beacons like Ashington

Ashington is a Northumberland Day Beacon.
Ashington is a Northumberland Day Beacon.

Organisers of the inaugural Northumberland Day want more towns and villages to follow the example set by places like Ashington.

The town is being heralded as a beacon of good practice following the call to turn the county red and yellow from top to bottom in the run-up to Sunday, May 28.

Ashington has been at the forefront of the Northumberland Day celebrations, having been the first town to get involved thanks to the enthusiasm of Ashington Town Team and its co-ordinator, Michelle Brannigan.

Additionally, resident John Emery was the first individual to declare his intention to organise a special event for Northumberland Day.

Between 9am and 3pm on Saturday, May 27, a Northumberland-themed market in the town centre will be a magnet for foodies, featuring producers such as Northumbrian Smokehouse, Dinky Donuts from Pegswood, Lynemouth’s Kenspeckle and the Northumberland Cheese Company.

Additionally, there will be a symbolic 10am hoisting of the Northumberland flag in the Memorial Garden and traditional jazz bands playing in the town centre.

Sunday, May 28, thanks to the commitment of Mr Emery, sees Ashington Rocks take place at the White House Unique Social Club from 1pm and featuring six local bands – Hair of the Derg; The Hookahs; Dead Hand; King Size Voodoo Traveller; Ma Kelly’s Boys; and HED.

Tickets are £10 from or by calling 01670 814091.