Belford goes for the juggler on New Year’s Eve

Organisers Reg Carruthers , Leslie Tait (chief torch bearer) and Steve Newman get ready for Belford's annual New Year's Eve celebrations.
Organisers Reg Carruthers , Leslie Tait (chief torch bearer) and Steve Newman get ready for Belford's annual New Year's Eve celebrations.
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Belford’s annual fireworks and torchlight procession has an added zing this year with a fire juggler leading the procession!

“We are greatly indebted to everyone who helps with event,” said organisers Reg Carruthers and Steve Newman.

“Piper Andy Grant and his drummer always do a good job, the marshals who control the traffic and the collectors who wear official Fireworks tabards and carry buckets for contributions from the crowd always work hard. We also would like to thank the Belford Community Group for all their help with radios.”

This year’s procession starts at Sunny Hills Farmshop to the south of the village just past the Fire Station where handheld torches can be obtained and lit and a warming drink obtained. The roads will be closed at 11.30pm and reopen as the procession passes.

“We had 200 torches in the procession last year,” said Reg and Steve. “And it’s not uncommon now for buses to come from Bamburgh, Wooler and even Cramlington for the fireworks display.”

If you are going to Belford it’s advisable to get there early as car parking fills up quickly in the village. Parking is available at Sunny Hills Farm Shop if you wish to take part in the procession.