Visitors turn out in their droves for fun-filled Ashington festival

HUNDREDS of visitors attended an Ashington festival at the weekend.

Visitors to the QEII Country Park near Ashington got some relief from the scorching heat from a pleasant cool breeze blowing across the lake, as hundreds of people turned out and enjoyed the wide range of activities at the first Riverside Festival.

Thanks to Ashington Community Development Trust and their key sponsors for the festival, the Carillion Fund, a fun packed range of environmental activities and stalls were provided from organisations such as the Red Kites Society, Friends of Ashington Community Woodland and the Greyhound Rescue team.

Kevin Lillie, the trust’s business development officer, said: “The UK Coracle Society was demonstrating the ancient form of water travel, and there was a great display of yachting from the Newbiggin Sailing Club.

“The legendary Billy Mitchell of Jack the Lad, Maxie and Mitch and Lindisfarne fame, headed a full programme of music throughout the day and was supported by local bands, Thesis Lives, Mad Hatters, Beyond the Salt and solo performers Mike Slaughter and Lily Brooke.

“Many visitors to nearby Woodhorn Museum took the opportunity to jump on the narrow gauge railway and pop in to the festival.

“We were delighted with the turn out and certainly blessed with excellent weather.

“Many people took the opportunity to visit one of the many areas of natural beauty around and in Ashington.”