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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Fair celebrates summer time

VISITORS will be able to eat hog roast thanks to one trader, sample Bellinis with another and throw rotten tomatoes at a third during a midsummer evening fair in Corbridge.

And that is but a taster of what’s to come on the night of Thursday, June 19.

For just about every shop and enterprise in the village will be contributing to the fun, a response that has delighted organiser Helen Stanton, owner of Forum Books.

“The late-night Christmas opening is organised by Rotary Club,” she said. “So I thought this would be a good thing for traders themselves to organise – a summer evening event as a balance.”

Her starting point was helping the village put its best foot forward by using the Market Place for the purpose it was designed for – and not cars!

She said: “Hopefully we’ll have lots of activities for children and their families, but trying to make sure it is a safe, pedestrianised area without cars on the night is going to be a challenge.”

To that end, Front Street and the section of Watling Street between Hill Street and the Market Place will be closed to through traffic for the night, so that by 5pm the event can commence.

The Market Place itself will play host to a plethora of stalls, boasting everything from clothes, jewellery and crafts to food and drink, including a hog roast.

There will be live music, too. The singers and musicians that have been confirmed so far are Hayley, Paul Tilley and acapella group the Hex Pistols.

Helen said: “The aim is to magically transform the Market Place into a real market with stalls, street food, live music, dancing, barbecue and plenty of traditional fun.”

Shop owners will be pulling out all the stops, too, with some offering free treats – such as barbecued bangers, strawberries and ice-cream – and discounts on the night.

Activ Cycles will be running a bike trail in which punters have to collect the components on paper, while the Bluebell Inn will be hosting a man-creche – in other words, the England v Uruguay match will be on the telly.

And then there is Stobo’s fruit and vegetable emporium. Owner Roddy is already preparing for the stocks he’s going to put up outside his shop, in the Market Place itself.

Helen said: “He’s been rotting a box of tomatoes to make sure they are really squishy to throw on the night.”

Anyone who would like to get involved or needs further information should contact Helen on (01434) 632931 or email info@forumbooks.co.uk

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