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A family affair for Morpeth park’s anniversary

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It was a real family occasion for the 90th-anniversary celebrations at Carlisle Park in Morpeth. 

The Great Grandson of the Countess who handed over the deeds to the ground on which the park was built visited the town to ceremonially re-open the main gates.

The Right Honourable Philip Howard met local schoolchildren and community groups and also helped plant a new tree, almost a century after his ancestors opened the park.

While the Countess of Carlisle gave the land to the people of Morpeth in 1916, the official opening was held in September 1929, attended by the six-year-old Viscount Morpeth, the son and heir of the Earl and Countess of Carlisle and the grandfather of Philip Howard.

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services. Said: “Carlisle Park is one of the jewels in the crown of Morpeth which is enjoyed by thousands of visitors and residents of all ages thanks to the dedication of our staff and volunteers.

“It was fantastic to be able to celebrate its anniversary with the family who gifted the town this land.

“We were able to show Philip Howard all that is great about the park, from the floral clock to the William Turner Garden and the Emily Wilding Davison statue and I know he appreciated meeting all those involved with this wonderful park.”

Philip Howard said: “It gives me extraordinary pleasure to be here and see the benefit of my great grandparents’ legacy 90 years ago and how well it’s been continued, and the park loved and developed over the years.”

Carlisle Park was one of nine parks and green spaces to retain its prestigious Green Flag award for the third year running. The awards recognise and reward the best parks and green spaces across the country. 

A green flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

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