WATCH: Swarm of bees invades Alnwick Market Place

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A swarm of bees invaded Alnwick Market Place this afternoon.

Thousands of the insects landed on the new Taste of Northumbria shop at around 4pm, prompting shopkeepers to call local beekeepers to help remove them.

A swarm of bees on the Lindisfarne Mead shop sign in Alnwick Market Place.

A swarm of bees on the Lindisfarne Mead shop sign in Alnwick Market Place.

They had ironically congregated on the sign for Lindisfarne Mead, which is part of the same company as Alnwick Rum which runs the shop. One of the main ingredients of mead is honey.

They attracted a large crowd of onlookers and one eyewitness said: “It was almost like it was snowing.”

The majority of the bees were put into a hive by around 5.45pm by beekeepers Phil Manning, from Alnwick, and Cyril Foster, from Rothbury. The hive is due to be taken back to Coquetdale.

Mr Foster said: “This is a natural way that bees increase. This is what we call a top swarm, as there are very few drones (males). The bees will be here until around 9.30pm.”