Town has a lot going on

Dawn Powell’s letter about Blyth town centre (News Post Leader, June 18) provides a timely opportunity to remind people about three major events over the next three months that will benefit the town centre.

This Saturday, June 27, sees the second Northumberland Live event at Blyth Beach.

There’s a park-and-ride service to and from the beach from the town centre so you can move between the two as many times as you like. Whether you want to see Dr and the Medics, Toploader or the host of local bands also playing, there’s something for all musical tastes.

There’s also the visit of the Stavros S Niarchos, a beautiful tall ship that will be open to the public during the weekend, moored on the quayside, making sure there’s something happening for all the family.

The excitement doesn’t stop there. On Saturday, July 18, and Sunday, July 19, Blyth will be having its annual town fair and maritime festival, with events taking place both in the town square and, on the Sunday, on the quayside.

Last, but certainly not least, both Blyth Town Council and Northumberland County Council are gearing up to welcome the Tour of Britain to Blyth.

On Wednesday, September 9, Britain’s biggest cycle race, both in terms of spectators and entries, will be finishing that day’s stage in Blyth, and we’re expecting thousands of visitors eager to see world stars of cycling in action.

We hope Dawn Powell will see that plenty is happening in Blyth and that we’re building to the spectacular impact of the Tall Ships Regatta in 2016, and we hope all the businesses in Blyth will get behind this massive programme of events.

Kath Nisbet

County councillor for Croft Ward and Northumberland County Council’s civic head