Museum puts out the flags

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THE front of an Alnwick tourist attraction is set to be decorated to celebrate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland’s daughter.

And staff at the Bailiffgate Museum are asking the public to help them with the project to mark the prestigious event.

Lady Katie Percy is to wed city financier Patrick Valentine on Saturday, February 26, in a private service at the town’s St Michael’s Church.

The museum is hosting a fun-filled activity for people to print cards, banners and bunting using an historic hand press, which can be used to deck out the front of the building on the big day.

The session will also mark the end of its printing press project, which was run by the Friends of Bailiffgate Museum and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The museum’s project manager James Etherington said: “The museum will be putting the Albion hand press, refurbished during the printing press project and reputed to belong to noted local printer William Davidson, back into use. Anyone coming to the museum will have the chance to use the printer to print cards, banners and bunting.

“Our aim is to be able to deck the entire front of the museum in bunting and banners with congratulatory messages in time for the wedding.

“This is our own way of celebrating the wedding, as well as the end of the successful printing press project.”

The printing activity will take place on Saturday from 10.30am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm and is aimed at people of all ages.

Participants will be able to take away what they produce, but it is also hoped that some decorations will be left at the museum for the wedding display.

The museum is open from 10am to 4pm and admission will be free on the day. For more information, email ask@bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk or ring01665 605847.