Islanders fight barriers

Vikings at Holy Island Causeway. Steven Lines and his Viking Colleagues try to get the message across about the tidal closures on the causeway.
Vikings at Holy Island Causeway. Steven Lines and his Viking Colleagues try to get the message across about the tidal closures on the causeway.
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ISLANDERS are busy signing a petition against installing barriers on the Holy Island causeway, which will be presented at next week’s meeting to deal with the problem of cars becoming trapped at high tide.

So far this year, there have been 15 incidents of stranded motorists who attempted to cross outside the safe crossing times.

This led Northumberland County Council to arrange a public meeting, which will take place on Tuesday, to discuss possible solutions.

Now residents are expressing their objections to barriers, one potential option that had been put forward, through a petition.

The petition has been backed by the parish council. Chairman Sue Massey, who is also owner of the Oasis Cafe, said: “I don’t think anyone wants it, it’s a ridiculous idea.”

The public meeting will take place at 2pm on Tuesday, August 23, at the St Cuthbert’s Centre United Reformed Church on the island.

Meanwhile, Viking raiders helped get the message across to drivers on the causeway on Monday.

At the start of the island’s Viking Week, they brandished swords and safe crossing signs on the mainland side of the causeway to alert motorists to the dangers of the tides.

A full-scale replica Viking ship, complete with carved head and Viking crew, has been on display at Lindisfarne Priory this week.

Viking Raiders Weekend, which starts on Saturday, will give people the chance to explore a Viking encampment and see displays of combat.