07 September 2021 Council News

Blyth Battery Commemorative Blue Plaque Unveiling

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One of Blyth’s major historical assets has been given blue plaque status by Blyth Town Council.


Blyth Battery is a World War One coastal artillery battery that was built in 1916 and served in both the First World War and World War 2. It is now run by volunteers as a museum and contains several features associated with a defended port battery including replica 6-inch guns, observation posts and a searchlight building. The site also contains a 1940’s family room highlighting the fashion and furniture of a typical wartime home.


Blyth Town Council have created a walking trail between each of the blue plaques and this one at Blyth Battery is the 20th to be erected on a site of historical importance in the town. Due to the battery being a listed monument, the plaque was unable to be placed on the structure, so an alternative posting was required as Chair of Blyth Battery, Colin Durwood explains.


“We have obtained a magnificent piece of solid sandstone from Blaxter Quarry near Otterburn and placed the plaque onto that. It is great that the Town Council have recognised the historical importance of the site and we are all delighted that our volunteers hard work has been recognised.”


Blyth Town Council Mayor, Cllr Margaret Richardson was delighted to unveil the plaque.


“We are a very proud town, and we recognise the important work that the men and women who served in the battery did to protect our port from enemies on the sea and in the air. The new plaque will remind everyone of this and I’m especially keen to help educate our young people so that our heritage can be preserved for generations to come.”


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    02 September 2021 Council News

    NCC - Free Tree Scheme - APPLY NOW

    Northumberland County Council is giving residents, schools and community groups the opportunity to obtain a free tree or tree pack to plant on your land as part of our commitment to tackling climate change.


    By completing this online application, you will be reserving an individual tree sapling or sapling pack to plant on your property.


    There are two tree species available for small, medium and large sized gardens, as well as small planter-based shrubs available for those with limited garden space, balconies or rented properties.


    Schools, community groups and town/parish councils can order hedge, copse or native harvest packs of up to 120 saplings.


    You will then be required to book a collection date for your sapling. NCC are running collection points across Northumberland during November, December and January. Confirmation of your collection details will be communicated on week commencing 4th October. Please do not attend any collection points without this confirmation email.


    The trees are small cell grown plants, sourced from the UK and will be provided with a biodegradable tree shelter guard, cane and planting and care instructions.


    Please note: Upon completion of this form, you will receive an automated receipt of application. This is not confirmation of successful application to the scheme. NCC are not accepting applications from residents outside of Northumberland County Council boundaries and will not accept more than one order per postal address.


    Any Free Tree saplings obtained through this scheme should only be planted on land you own unless you have an agreement with a private landowner.


    NCC will predominantly be contacting applicants via email. Please make sure your email address is correct, and that you check your junk/spam folders for any missed communications from ourselves.


    If you have any questions regarding this scheme, please contact the Climate Change team at


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    13 August 2021 Council News

    Classics in the Park - News Post Leader

    Pomp and circumstance are coming to Ridley Park in the latest event hosted by Blyth Town Council.


    Classics in the Park will take place on Sunday, August 15, between 2pm and 5pm and the free show promises something for everyone.


    Headlining the open-air event is County Durham born, Graeme Danby who has performed in several of the world’s leading opera houses including the Royal Opera House, La Scala Milan, English National Opera and the Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles.


    News Post Leader Article - Proms in the Park

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    11 August 2021 Council News

    Tune into BBC Newcastle for a Blyth feature

    Tune into BBC Newcastle at 2:40pm today (11 August) to listen to Graeme Danby talk all things ‘Classics in the Park’ ahead of the event on Sunday 15th August.


    This event is completely FREE 🆓


    Join us in the park this Sunday with your families and your picnic baskets to enjoy some wonderful songs!

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