IT was the best yet – that was the verdict from visitors and villagers alike, following the seventh Alnmouth Arts Festival held at the weekend.
Hundreds of people packed into the seaside streets to take part in a swathe of artistic activities held at a host of venues, including an extensive children’s programme of events.
Businesses reported bumper crowds and some enjoyed record takings, including a number of pubs which were packed out from Friday to Sunday.
Bill Bourne, chairman of Alnmouth Parish Council, said: “Last year’s festival was always going to be hard to surpass, but we did it. More to see, more to do and even more visitors made our seventh Festival a landmark artistic event for the county.
“Once again the support, both from this village and from friends in the neighbouring ones, was magnificent. Without this the festival would just not happen and would certainly not have its unique flavour of a real community enterprise.
“We also greatly appreciated the increasing coverage that the Northumberland Gazette gave our festival. The highly successful weekend not only reflects the hard work and sheer professionalism of an enthusiastic and increasingly experienced organising committee, but it is also indicative of the significance of our festival in Northumberland’s art scene.”
The Festival aims to showcase the work of Northumberland’s artists and craftworkers, encourages people to get actively involved themselves and promotes the village and its businesses.
Next year’s event takes place on June 23 and 24.