TRADITIONS: Proud of the local efforts

In answer to Keith Shirley (News Post Leader, January 11) and Alan Thompson, I, too, feel very privileged to live an area that thrives on local tradition, such as Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

I, too, feel very privileged to live in a place where efforts are being made to ensure that the younger generation nurtures our culture’s heritage to preserve continuity, and where there are great efforts by local people to keep it going. It is appreciated by the Newbiggin community.

I can remember many moons ago the duo of Mike Kirkup and Dr Hobbs organising a South East Northumberland Cobweb Orchestra so that each club of the area had access to an instrument to play and appeared at the Sage, along with 20,000 Voices.

For me, music has always been a great leveller as a way to express our hopes and ideas, incorporating people from all walks of life and in an inspirational way.

One tradition I hold very dear is to hear the Salvation Army playing in our streets, the carols make us think of the true meaning of Christmas, expressed from person to person on this very important occasion.

While shopping at Asda this Christmas there was a Salvation Army band playing carols to appreciative, happy shoppers.

It reminded me of the time when, nearly 50 years ago, I first came to live in Newbiggin and heard at Christmas the Salvation Army band playing carols in our streets. It was a great, local, traditional event, specially for those who were housebound and could not attend church during the festive season.

The knocking on the front door, wishing us all the best and collecting money for people less fortunate than ourselves proved, indeed, a season of goodwill to all men, giving cheer.

Yes, we are all party animals, happy being bonded together in events that bring people together to celebrate all that has gone on before, is going on, and will be going on for the future in our community.

Mrs CJ Hovsepian

Newbigign-by-the-Sea

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