New app to give a boost to the valley

Amy Wood and Andy Dumbell with the Rothbury app
Amy Wood and Andy Dumbell with the Rothbury app

A new app has been launched to draw more people to the Coquet Valley.

The Rothbury and Coquetdale app was launched at the Vintage Rothbury event last weekend, with good feedback from locals and visitors.

It is the brainchild of village resident Andy Dumbell.

He owns a software company which designs travel guides for destinations across the globe.

And the firm’s success got him thinking about how a guide would help to give the area a boost.

Concerns have been raised in the past about some visitors to the area being put off by the closure of the B6344 due to a landslip and it is hoped that this app will make people realise that there is more going on than orignally thought.

Andy said: “ The road being closed off, I was chatting to people who run businesses who say they are still getting trade but they have seen a drop.

“It got me thinking about ways that we could make a difference.

“We decided to do an app so that people can find out what’s going on and see what really happens.

“We’ve had good support from the village and loads of positive feedback as well which is great.”

Amy Wood, from Morpeth, has been bringing together the content for the app, which is live now on Android and will go live on iPhone and iPad on July 4.

She said: “It’s amazing how much actually goes on in this area.

“You think it’s just a little village but there is so much that happens. We are trying to get as much information together as possible about everything so that we can proivide the best service.”

The app will have guides on where to stay, eat and play as well as events and more.

It is free to download and to advertise on it and it isn’t a commercial venture.

Download it from the app store on your mobile or tablet device.