Puffin celebration is a flying success as event proves very popular

Band Come Together performed at The Colony Music Festival. Picture by Bartle Rippon/The Ambler
Band Come Together performed at The Colony Music Festival. Picture by Bartle Rippon/The Ambler

The fourth Amble Puffin Festival came to a close on Saturday, after a week of fun for all the family.

The annual celebration of the iconic birds was staged in the town from Saturday, May 28, to Saturday, June 4.

The food festival element of the puffin festival was a success. Picture by Bartle Rippon/The Ambler

The food festival element of the puffin festival was a success. Picture by Bartle Rippon/The Ambler

Taking place at the best time of year to see the Coquet Island puffins as they care for their newly-hatched pufflings, the festival featured a craft fair, guided nature walks, bird watching and children’s activities, among other things.

And the final day of the festival proved to be a fitting finale to this year’s extravaganza.

The Colony Music Festival was well attended and the dog show, with various classes, offered plenty of canine-related fun.

One of the major successes of the final day was the first Amble Food Festival, which attracted more than 20 stall holders, cookery demonstrations and the Great Puffin Festival baking competition.

Couns Helen Lewis, Martin Horn, Kate Morrison and Amble Mayor Jane Dargue.

Couns Helen Lewis, Martin Horn, Kate Morrison and Amble Mayor Jane Dargue.

Food-festival organiser Elaine Brown said: “The food festival was fantastic for our first attempt. Several of the stalls sold out and traders’ feedback was incredibly positive.”

Memory box to give insight into past

In the same week as the puffin festival, Amble town councillors buried a memory box at Paddlers Park.

The box contains a broad range of material which encapsulates the community and the town as it is today in 2016.

The dog show - second place in the puppy section. Picture by Bartle Rippon/The Ambler

The dog show - second place in the puppy section. Picture by Bartle Rippon/The Ambler

Things inside include photographs of Paddlers Park in various eras, DVDs about the RNLI and the history of East Cemetery, among other topics, and information about various town groups and organisations, such as the town council, the churches, Amble Coastguard and WI. There are also a number of books inside and copies of The Ambler community newspaper and a Northumberland Gazette.

Other items include a Coquet Island magnet, an Amble Coastal Rowing Club cloth badge and a puffin festival mug.

It is hoped that the box will be opened in 2066. It was buried last Wednesday, with town councillors Helen Lewis, Martin Horn, Kate Morrison and Amble Mayor Jane Dargue present, and will rest under the coal truck floral display at the entrance to the park.

The crowds gathered for The Colony Music Festival. Picture by Andrew Mounsey Photography

The crowds gathered for The Colony Music Festival. Picture by Andrew Mounsey Photography

Puffin festival mascot Tommy Noddy with festival fans, including Amble mayor Jane Dargue

Puffin festival mascot Tommy Noddy with festival fans, including Amble mayor Jane Dargue