THERE is no denying that, in recent weeks, we have seen some of the hardest times our county has endured in terms of economy and employment for a generation.
This newspaper – along with its sister titles in Morpeth and south east Northumberland – has reported on major events including the projected closure of Rio Tinto Alcan at Lynemouth and, closer to home, job losses at the famous Hardy and Greys factory in Alnwick.
That is why we, as part of a wider campaign by our publishers, Northeast Press, have today decided to co-launch a new campaign called Keep Northumberland Working.
With the assistance of our county council, business leaders and politicians, we will endeavour to not only lobby Government to take direct action to address the downturn, but take action ourselves to raise aspirations, retain confidence and promote the many positives which characterise our region.
There has already been some success in initial lobbying, with the Government now considering extending an existing enterprise zone in the south east of the county. Our mission is to build on that, keeping the momentum going through a high-profile newspaper and website campaign.
As an integral part of community life in Northumberland, we recognise that we have a role to play in trying to address these very real, very substantial obstacles to the prosperity and vitality of our home county.
We hope that our readers will join us in supporting this crucial campaign.