Events showcase our Great Northumberland

The greatness of Tynedale was on show during the hugely popular series of events as part of the county-wide Great Northumberland.

Thousands of visitors flocked to all parts of the county during the summer-long schedule of free events delivered by Northumberland County Council and inspired by the Great Exhibition of the North.

And the Tyne Valley certainly played its part with a number of excellent events, starting with the launch in Hexham which saw local musicians, street performers and artists head to the town.

There were record visitor numbers recorded at Cheeseburn Sculpture, in Stamfordham, as a result of the initiative.

More than 1,2000 people headed to the venue over three days over August Bank Holiday, the highest recorded in its four-year history, with visitors treated to work from artist Joseph Hillier and dancers Lizzie J. Klotz and Maria Vincentelli.

Over in Prudhoe, tickets were all sold out for the immersive theatre experience delivered by Mortal Fools.

The company's production of 'Out There' took attendees on a leisurely walk through scenic areas of Prudhoe's countryside, allowing them to interact with cast members and props as they experienced what it may have been like to explore the world for the first time through the eeyes of the young stars of the show!

Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: "We are delighted to have welcomed so many visitors to Northumberland this summer.

"We are incredibly proud of all our county has to offer, and we hope we can continue to demonstrate just how great Northumberland is."

Throughout the eight weeks of Great Northumberland, hundreds of events took part right across the county.

Other highlights included the performance of a brand new song for the county, 'The Great Song of the North', by Dominique Le Gendre. It was performed for the first time at the Great Northumberland closing ceremony at Berwick's The Maltings Theatre and Cinema.

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