New musical event takes shape

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PLANS for a music event in Amble are taking shape.

As part of the work of Amble Community Forum, a group of young people, supported by Angela Manktelow from the Coquet Youth Team (County Youth Service) have been organising the festival, which will feature local bands and solo artists as well as a DJ.

Gina Mason, Rhiannon Roberts, Alicia Hindhaugh, Beth Young and Rebecca Charlton, who are Year 11 students from the town’s James Calvert Spence College – Acklington Road, formerly Coquet High School, proposed their idea having formed a working party.

The showcase, which is titled Emerge, is due to be held in the Town Square on August 22 and those behind the event hope it will promote a positive image of young people in the community.

It is set to be £3 a ticket and the festival will be in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The festival is open for everyone, although it is primarily targeted at those around 13 to 16 years-of-age.

Members of Amble Town Council have praised the event.

Speaking at last Thursday’s meeting, Coun Helen Lewis said: “I hope it is a success. The young people have worked hard and we have got a lot of young talent. I would like to see them have a successful event.”

Members have also said that it is important to support the youngsters as there is so much negative news about the bad things that youths do and councillors hoped it will become a repeated, successful event for all to enjoy.