Fair brings Rothbury streets to life

Cyclists Ade Newbould, Graham Bates, Keith Storey, Steve Williams (the driver), Byron Beatty and Heath Cairns, who are pedalling from Land's End to John O'Groats. Picture by Mary Scott
Cyclists Ade Newbould, Graham Bates, Keith Storey, Steve Williams (the driver), Byron Beatty and Heath Cairns, who are pedalling from Land's End to John O'Groats. Picture by Mary Scott

Crowds flocked to Rothbury to enjoy the village’s Street Fair on Bank Holiday Monday.

Organised by Coquetdale Round Table, there was a variety of stalls, rides and entertainment for visitors to enjoy.

Stuart Caborn, Simon Caple and Ian Dick from Coquetdale Round Table. Picture by Mary Scott

Stuart Caborn, Simon Caple and Ian Dick from Coquetdale Round Table. Picture by Mary Scott

Highlights at this year’s event included vintage vehicles and farm machinery, a fire-engine visit, climbing wall and music.

Various funds were raised at the Fair, including the Scouts who are collecting money to fund their trip to the Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland.

Meanwhile, a hardy group of amateur cyclists from Rothbury, who will be tackling a gruelling charity challenge, held a tombola and raised £771 for the cause.

The quintet of Keith Storey, Adrian Newbold, Byron Beatty, Graham Bates and Heath Cairns, are gearing up to ride nearly 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in an attempt to raise £20,000 for the Children’s Head Injury Equipment Fund (CHIEF) at the Great North Children’s Hospital in Newcastle.

The fun fair proved popular. Picture by Mary Scott

The fun fair proved popular. Picture by Mary Scott

The team is hoping to fund the purchase of balance rehabilitation equipment, hand co-ordination rehabilitation equipment and an electric wheelchair.

The group, who will be accompanied by support driver Steve Williams, will set off on the challenge on Friday, June 10, from Land’s End on the south-westerly tip of England.

The team will then pedal through Cornwall, over Dartmoor and north along the Welsh border, skirting the Lake District into Scotland, via lochs and the Highlands to the north coast and John O’Groats.

Byron said: “We’re nearly ready for the off now, so it’s starting to feel real. We’ve all been training hard for this for a long time and have been increasing our training distances since the winter months. We’re now riding between 100 and 200 miles per week.

Dave Mitchell, from Nunnykirk, with his millstone cornmill. Picture by Mary Scott

Dave Mitchell, from Nunnykirk, with his millstone cornmill. Picture by Mary Scott

“We’re under no illusions and we know it will be tough, particularly if it’s windy, so we’re praying for reasonable weather.

“We’ve already had fantastic support from friends, employers and companies keen to show they’re behind us. Steve Williams is our wonderful back-up driver and he will be driving a minibus that has been provided for us by CB Precast Ltd.

“We’ve already had donations from Storey and Edmondson’s (Builders) Ltd (Keith’s company), EE, Northumbrian Water, Drayton Partners, Spayne Lindsay and Co and our local pub, the Newcastle House, has been running a raffle to support our fund-raising.

“This is not the first time we have raised money for CHIEF. Over the last five years we have supported the children by fund-raising through events like The Scottish coast-to- coast (Rat Race), riding Sea-to-Sea in day and the London Ride 24 event, but nothing compared to cycling this far.”

Nelly's Moss entertains. Picture by Mary Scott

Nelly's Moss entertains. Picture by Mary Scott

The team has set up a JustGiving page and have already raised more than £5,000. To make a donation, visit www.justgiving.com/Heath-Cairns1

Five-year-old Jessica Foreman, from Rothbury, tries out a fire engine for size. Picture by Mary Scott

Five-year-old Jessica Foreman, from Rothbury, tries out a fire engine for size. Picture by Mary Scott

Meals were very popular at the United Reformed Church. Picture by Mary Scott

Meals were very popular at the United Reformed Church. Picture by Mary Scott

Margaret Pope, Wilma Hunter and Catherine Willbond on the bag stall in aid of All Saints Church. Picture by Mary Scott

Margaret Pope, Wilma Hunter and Catherine Willbond on the bag stall in aid of All Saints Church. Picture by Mary Scott