Park bench brings stories to life in Newbiggin

Artists from south east Northumberland are using a park bench overlooking Newbiggin to bring stories to life and are asking local people to contribute their memories.

Artists Danielle Burn and Paul McDougal are asking people to share their memories, stories and tales of Newbiggin to be part of a new exhibition called, ‘The Life and Times of a Park Bench’.

Over the last two months, the pair have sat on the bench overlooking the sea at Newbiggin to meet local people and capture their stories.

Paul and Danielle will be at the bench on Wednesday, August 13, from 10am – 4pm to collect more stories and tales.

Danielle said: We’ve met some really interesting people at the bench already.
“We’d love to hear from more people, of all ages to tell us more about the atmosphere of the town, its people and its history.”

Paul added: “We are fascinated by how a simple park bench can be a place where people take the time to stop and think and recollect. With such a beautiful view across Newbiggin, we knew this bench would be the place to discover some great memories from people about the town.”

The completed exhibition will be a celebration of the history and heritage of Newbiggin, its people and their stories – and will include video, audio, artwork, photography and performances by young people.

The Life and Times of a Park Bench will be exhibited at Newbiggin Maritime Centre on Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Contributions can also be sent by email