Editor’s comment: Cheers to that

IT’S a great feeling to be able to report good news, especially when we’ve had a hand in making it happen.

The revival of fortunes for north Northumberland’s brewing heritage is to be welcomed, with plans to expand radically the range of beers and spirits which already carry the Alnwick name around the world.

With the continuing threat of a renewed recession in the air, it’s heartening to see the spirit of entrepreneurship shining through.

While Alnwick Rum and Alnwick IPA already have a solid fan-base, the expertise of the company’s new business partners will hopefully see the town’s name reach a far wider audience, adding to the growing range of quality food and drink products for which our county is becoming famous.

The success of the likes of Alnwick Food Festival shows that more people are embracing small producers, who offer something refreshingly different to what the mainstream mass-market can offer.

What’s particularly exciting is that we could eventually have our own brewery back, with plans to create a dedicated brewhouse in Alnwick. Coupled with a restaurant on the premises, this would add yet another destination for visitors and locals alike.

Alnwick and its surrounding district has a great deal to offer and at a time when the economic forecast is grim, opportunities like this come as a much-needed boost.

Such vision and creativity is what we need to thrive and prosper.