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A date has been set for the closure of Coty’s Northumberland factory, which will see the loss of more than 400 jobs.
The French firm took over Procter & Gamble’s beauty products business in a multibillion-pound deal more than a year ago but the business review that followed led to the new owners announcing the proposed closure of the Seaton Delaval facility.
Following the announcement workers claimed they had been told by management that – despite it being one of the company’s most efficient factories – it had been earmarked for closure as it was ‘cheaper’ to close as they had no union representation.
At the end of the last year, when Coty confirmed the closure, Arch and Northumberland County Council began working in partnership with the company to support employees, assess the impact on local supply chain and provide support to ensure a sustainable future use for the site.
Now a closure date of October has emerged through a sale instruction of the site, issued by a property firm enlisted to find a potential buyer.
Colliers International has been instructed to market for sale th 370,000 sq ft manufacturing facility with the hope of finding a buyer who can “position the site for future employment use”.

By Bot, in News,

A wedding fair is to be held in Morpeth next month, providing the perfect opportunity for couples planning their big day to meet local wedding suppliers and find everything they need, all under one roof.

The wedding fair will take place in the  historic Morpeth Town Hall  on Sunday 18th March  2018, between 11am - 3pm.

The event is being organised by Northumberland County Council’s Registration Service to promote the town’s stunning,  affordable wedding venue and to support local wedding suppliers. It is free to enter and refreshments will be available.

Over 25 North East based wedding specialists have signed up to attend the fair and promote their products and services. Among the line-up are wedding outfitters, florists, car hire specialists,  photographers, music and entertainment companies and catering and cake makers.

Throughout the day, the Northumberland Registrars will be available to offer couples advice and guidance on booking their Registrars and planning and personalising their ceremony.

Morpeth Town Hall caters to a range of needs, and offers couples the chance to have a small intimate ceremony in the Ante room, while larger parties can hire the Ballroom which accommodates up to 80 guests.

The iconic town hall was originally designed in 1714 by Sir John Vanbrugh and underwent a beautiful internal refurbished a few years ago.  The great architect and dramatist is perhaps better known for his work at such landmark buildings as Blenheim Palace, Castle Howard and Seaton Delaval Hall.

Northumberland County Councillor Nick Oliver, cabinet member for corporate services said:

“Planning a wedding or civil ceremony can be a bit daunting. The Morpeth fair aims to ease the  process by  providing the opportunity for couples to come along to  meet and talk to many local businesses involved in the wedding industry, in one venue while also having the opportunity to have a look around the impressive rooms  in the Town Hall.”

The county is currently experiencing a wedding boom with a record number of couples  booking to tie the knot in the county.  Last year the Northumberland registrars officiated over 1750 marriages and so far this year a further 2020 marriages have been booked. What’s more, statistics show that around 65 percent of couples who are getting married in Northumberland are actually coming from outside of the county.

Cllr Oliver added “The wedding industry is big business bringing up to £30m into the county each year. It is an industry we want to  nurture and develop  to help support the  many local  businesses and jobs that benefit from it.”

For further information telephone 01665 602870 or email: Alnwickreg@northumberland.gov.uk

The North East Chilli Festival is all-change as it announces its 2018 dates with hot-off-the-press news revealing that it’s having a new look, a new theme and a new location.
Northumberland ’s popular festival, which tried out a new home in Blyth last year following a five-year run at Seaton Delaval Hall, is on the move again.
Having encountered a few problems last time, the festival is to have a new Blyth home this year when it returns for a July 13-15 run.
Its new site will be Meggies Burn Fields at South Beach which has also prompted a theme for the event: The Festival by the Sea.
And while its focus will remain very much on chilli - with the traditional eating competition at the heart of the fun - 2018 will feature a broader menu of attractions to whet all appetites.
Music-wise, there are already several confirmed bands including local favourites Smoove and Turrell, and The Mariachis who are well known for the Doritos TV adverts.

Are you looking to buy a house on a budget?
Maybe you want a new home for yourself or a little investment project to do up and sell or let.
Either way, there are plenty of homes to chose from in Newcastle and the wider North East if you have £100,000 or less to spend.
From an apartment in Alnwick, Northumberland, to a flat in a former cigarette building on the Coast Road in Newcastle.
Here are some of the homes we’ve spotted on the market right now.
It’s in Percy Mews and has a guide price of £73,500 through Sanderson Young.

Work is due to start on the  Northumberland stretch of the England Coast Path which is set to become the longest managed and way marked coastal path in the world.

The 2,795 mile route will follow the coastline of England and Wales and is due to open in 2020. It will pass stunning beaches, castles, fishing villages, famous seaside resorts and dramatic landscape features, offering walkers the opportunity to experience some of the country’s most varied coastline.

In Northumberland the coastal path will follow a route  from the Scottish Borders right down the coastline via  Berwick and  Bamburgh  to  Seaton Sluice.

Northumberland County Council will carry out the work to establish the path and  will be responsible for its ongoing maintenance. Natural England will fund the establishment of the route and  75 per cent of the ongoing maintenance costs.

Work on the first section of the route between Seaton Sluice and Amble is to commence over the coming weeks. An initial grant of £149,250 has been awarded to Northumberland County Council  by Natural England to cover these costs.

Northumberland County Councillor Glen Sanderson Cabinet  Member for the environment and local services  said:

“ This new path will be a great addition  to those who already know our superb coastline but it will open up new opportunities for visitors who want to explore the  wonderful  assets we have in our county. Additionally the path will help draw in visitors all year round and help provide a boost to local businesses along its length.”

The new route will, where possible, link into the existing Northumberland Coastal Path, but  sections will need to be added to allow it to directly follow the coastline of the county.

The Seaton Sluice to Amble stretch of the route has already been  agreed by the Secretary of State  and was proposed by Natural England following extensive research and consultation with landowners and  Northumberland County Council.  It will follow existing pathways on council land and recorded highways and footways and so only  minor  work such as the installation of gates and signage  is needed.

Work is ongoing with the planning of other sections of the route in the county. New stretches of grass pathway will need to be created between Newbiggin and Lynemouth and between Cresswell and Druridge.

A further two sections of the Northumberland route - Amble to Bamburgh and Bamburgh to the Scottish Borders, are still in the research and consultation phase.  

Filming for the new series o ITV1 's Vera is now underway across the North East - so where will the intrepid detective venture next?
The soaring success of the Northumberland -set crime drama has been credited with bringing an influx of visitors to the region.
The so-called “Vera effect” - with viewers proving keen to see the on-screen beauty spots for themselves - has had welcome knock-on results for the local economy too.
And now these are being felt wider afield as DCI Vera Stanhope - a role which Brenda Blethyn made her own - has been exploring more and more of the area outside her usual patch over the series’ run.
By now, cast and crew have filmed over much of the region, with Vera’s cases and escalating crime luring her into the city centre and around North and South Tyneside.
The landscapes used are increasingly varied, ranging from the sweeping splendour of Dunstanburgh Castle to the industrial backdrop of the former Swan Hunter shipyard in Wallsend .