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5th September 2017

“Well – I’ve spent the past week or so traipsing round Morpeth cafes looking at cake… and today I placed orders for a total of 190 slices worth of cakes from eight different cafés for “Meet the Mayor” on 4th Sept. I hope people turn up – I’d hate to have to take all that cake home…”


… but I need not have worried, even though the total was 210 slices from nine cafés. The “Meet the Mayor” event was very well attended and all the cake disappeared. Yes – people didn’t start coming in till about 3:30pm (when it was supposed to start at 2pm) because they wanted to see some cyclists going past, but the cake was all gone by 4:30pm!


In fact the Tour of Britain stage in Northumberland passing through Morpeth was a great boost to the town! I was very impressed how different groups – the Chamber of Trade, Active Northumberland, NCC and the Town Council – managed to coordinate all the different activities and build a week-long event out of a three minute pass-by of cyclists!

I was impressed as ever by the KEVI Steel Band who held the crowds on the Market Place captivated while they were waiting for the race – and we need to look at getting a climbing wall on the Market Place more often.


I was also really impressed with the Chamber of Trade team who ran the “Tour de Morpeth” activity – from the great logo design (thanks Seymour Architecture) which appeared in so many shop windows, to the “golden bike” competition (thanks Sim’s Cycle Hub) which made sure people visited all parts of the town, to the superb “landart” work (thanks Morpeth RFC) up at Stobhill which made sure Morpeth was featured on the national TV coverage of the race.