Excitement building as more details revealed for Morpeth Fair Day weekend - but Saturday evening music festival cancelled

Classic cars pictured during the 2023 Morpeth Fair Day parade. Picture by Anne Hopper. More information about the activities and the Park and Ride service on Sunday is available on the Morpeth Fair Day Facebook page.Classic cars pictured during the 2023 Morpeth Fair Day parade. Picture by Anne Hopper. More information about the activities and the Park and Ride service on Sunday is available on the Morpeth Fair Day Facebook page.
Classic cars pictured during the 2023 Morpeth Fair Day parade. Picture by Anne Hopper. More information about the activities and the Park and Ride service on Sunday is available on the Morpeth Fair Day Facebook page.
Timings have been revealed for the activities taking place this weekend for the Morpeth Fair Day event.

Although excitement is building for the celebrations that are supported by the North East Combined Authority, the Saturday evening music festival element in Carlisle Park has been cancelled due to what the Morpeth Fair Day team said on its Facebook page was “unprecedented events”.

Everything else is going ahead as planned – including a funfair from Thursday to Sunday, a mini food festival during the day on Saturday (June 8) in Newmarket and Brass Does Rock by the Carlisle Park Pavilion on Saturday from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.

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On Sunday (June 9), the fun run begins at 10.15am following the 10am opening ceremony and the main parade starts just before noon.

Performance timings on the main stage include the following: Ashington Colliery Band from 10.30am, Morpeth Pipe Band from 12.30pm, Andy Rayner Band from 1pm, Jason King from 2.30pm, Along came Lola from 3.30pm. In addition, Koast Radio DJ Craig Munroe will be playing Northern Soul music by the Chantry from 1pm.

The classic vehicles in the parade will be on display at High Stanners and there will be a dog show, pony rides and a climbing wall in the same location. There will be stalls on Bridge Street and a food court in Oldgate.

Organisers have also linked up with West Benridge Farm, with it putting on some live music on Friday evening (June 7) and providing a bus from the farm to Morpeth over the weekend for the campers.

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Meanwhile, in relation to an exhibition that has previously taken place on Fair Day weekend, Morpeth Antiquarian Society has issued the following statement: “The Society has decided to reschedule its annual local history exhibition for later in the year – instead of this coming Fair Day weekend, it will now be staged during September’s national Heritage Open Days.

“This is because Morpeth Town Council has decided not to allow the Town Hall to be booked for events on a Sunday.

“The Society regrets it is unable to offer this long-standing contribution to this year’s Fair Day, which has always been a chance for the public to find out about and appreciate both Morpeth’s heritage and the iconic building’s important part in community life.

“Meanwhile, the well-attended monthly history talks at St James Centre continue at 7.15pm on Friday, 28th June with a presentation by Bishop Stephen Platten entitled ‘You Can Be Sure Of – the Northumberland Shell Guides’.”

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