Northumbria, Club

The beautiful Ingram Valley in the Northumberland National Park.
The beautiful Ingram Valley in the Northumberland National Park.

Annual meeting

The Northumbria Club AGM, which was held in the National Liberal Club in London on June 8, was presided over by Ian Graham, chairman of the Northumbria Club.

The AGM was followed by a dinner with the after dinner speaker being Mark Skilbeck on the topic of the Yetholm Common Riding.

Marks talk covered the history of the ride and in particular the influence of the gypsy community in the early years.

Marks talk was supported by various brochures and memorabilia from different years of Common Ridings in which he had participated.

The ride being led by the Bari Gadgi and Bari Manushi, both good old Northumbrian words, who are chosen each year. Mark described the ride via the Stob Stanes, which used to mark the border between England and Scotland, and Bowmont Hill Farm and the return to Yetholm.

The next meeting will take place on October 5 in the National Liberal Club in London when the speaker will be Clive Osborne whose talk is entitled The other Newcastle. Visit http://www.northumbriaclub.com for club details.