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Mayors Blog April 2017

A busy month in the midst of the election season.  In March I attended a preview of the Bailiffgate exhibition of Harry Potter artwork on behalf of the Council  The exhibition lasts until mid June and showcases original illustrations from the new illustrated  edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, illustrated by Jim Kay. The exhibition has been put together by Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle, and Bloomsbury Children’s Books. A talk about the exhibition was given by the CEO of Seven Stories.  Fascinating for me as a fan of Harry Potter and through my work as valuer at Barter Books. I’d definitely recommend everyone to go along and have a look.


 Our Active Amble work continues with the running group moving from strength to strength. We now have our own social media page for RAmblers where members can arrange informal meet-ups to run together – this alongside the regular Monday meetings. The sessions led by Active Northumberland now include efforts training and a training run around Druridge Bay lake which forms the Druridge Bay Park Run course. This is still aimed at beginners and although we still have a core of about 15-20 regular members we are looking to publicise this more widely.

In between this there have been meetings addressing seasonal worth throughout the town as we head into holiday season, housing developments, working through the ongoing parking and traffic flow issues including the issue of the one-way system and our concerns relating to cycles being directed towards oncoming traffic through this busy area.

Finally as I am sure everyone is aware, Amble Town Council had an uncontested election. We will be truly sorry to miss two members, Robert and Terry, who are standing down and I would like to record thanks for all their work and contributions to council. I am pleased to note that we will have a full council compliment with two new members who will be taking up the reigns in the newly formed council in May.