Tommy Noddy leads family fun as Amble Puffin Festival takes place

Tribe Zuza entertain the crowds at Amble Puffin Festival. Picture by Bart Rippon
Tribe Zuza entertain the crowds at Amble Puffin Festival. Picture by Bart Rippon
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There were entertainment and events galore across the bank holiday weekend as the popular Amble Puffin Festival took place.

The annual extravaganza celebrates all things puffin. The main festival took place from Saturday to Bank Holiday Monday and it is followed by the Puffin Fringe, which started on Tuesday and runs until Saturday, culminating with the Colony Music Festival at the Little Shore.

Youngsters meet Tommy Noddy at Amble Puffin Festival. Picture by Bart Rippon

Youngsters meet Tommy Noddy at Amble Puffin Festival. Picture by Bart Rippon

A post on the Amble Puffin Festival Facebook page earlier this week said: ‘PHEW! What a fabulous weekend! Thank you everyone for all your support, and we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we did.

‘And the fun is not over!

‘From Tuesday to Saturday we have our fringe events; a mix of guided walks, fascinating talks, water sports and creative activities, culminating in the ever-popular Colony music festival on Saturday, June 3.’

The Puffin Fringe is running during this half-term week and various workshops and talks have been taking place – from RSPB warden Paul Morrison, Coble and Keelboat Society member Colin Robson and local historian Bartle Rippon.

Historia Northumbria's take on a medieval settlement on Coquet Island at Amble Puffin Festival. Picture by Bart Rippon

Historia Northumbria's take on a medieval settlement on Coquet Island at Amble Puffin Festival. Picture by Bart Rippon

Tomorrow, Ian Williams and Philip Stuckey will perform poetry and music at the Masonic Hall, while the Colony Music Festival, at The Little Shore, runs from noon to 8pm on the final day.

Meanwhile, the festival also played host to Phileas Cap, a special fund-raising initiative which involves a cloth cap travelling around the world and being worn by people in different countries.

Puffin Festival mascot, Tommy Noddy, was among those to wear Phileas Cap over the weekend, while it will be worn by the band Corporal Bones at the Colony Music Festival on Saturday.

The cap will also be worn by members of the Northumberland skiff community at Blyth Regatta on Sunday, which features a series of races.

In fine voice at Amble Puffin Festival. Picture by Bart Rippon

In fine voice at Amble Puffin Festival. Picture by Bart Rippon

Phileas Cap – Around The World On 80 Heads is raising money and awareness for Melanoma UK.

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The WI stall at Amble Puffin Festival. Picture by Bart Rippon

The WI stall at Amble Puffin Festival. Picture by Bart Rippon

Puffin-themed crafts kept the youngsters busy at Amble Puffin Festival. Picture by Bart Rippon

Puffin-themed crafts kept the youngsters busy at Amble Puffin Festival. Picture by Bart Rippon