A special garden party was staged in Alnwick to recognise some of the volunteers, carers and unsung heroes from Northumberland who have gone that extra mile to help their loved ones and communities.
The Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, the Duchess of Northumberland, hosted the celebratory event at The Alnwick Garden last Thursday.
It was the first of what is planned to be an annual garden party at the attraction to honour the valuable contribution that volunteers and carers make to the community in all parts of the county.
A total of 250 volunteers and carers, with their partner or guest, were invited to attend the festivities, which took place on a sun-soaked afternoon.
The Duchess, who took time to meet and speak to people at the event, said: “Ever since the Queen came to Alnwick in 2011 and saw the huge numbers of volunteers and carers in Northumberland, I have been keen to continue to recognise and celebrate the enormous contribution that so many people make to our communities.
“Often unsung, these heroes deserve to be saluted for the really valuable work they do.”
A number of volunteers and careers from north Northumberland were invited to the event.
Thomas Scott, who joined Shilbottle Parish Council in May 1970 and has been chairman for the last two decades or so, said it was an honour to attend the party.
“It is a brilliant event,” he added. “Even the weather has been good.”
Amble’s Audrey Jones, invited for her work for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, told the Gazette that it was nice to be acknowledged, while Richard Hall, a long-serving member of Alnwick Lions Club, described it as a ‘wonderful experience’.
Stacey Howe, from Berwick-based Border Links, said it was a privilege to meet the Duchess.
Invited guests received a commemorative badge and the garden party was supported by Potts UK, Greggs plc and Ramside.