The beautiful Northumberland market town of Berwick-upon-Tweed has a rich and lively history that has seen it change hands between Scotland and England no less than thirteen times. Its Georgian architecture and projects such as the £5,000,000 Dewar’s Lane Granary restoration along with the refurbishment of the Maltings Arts Centre illustrate Berwick’s blend of the past with the present that serves to attract the many discerning visitors of today.
Cittaslow status and a Slow Food Convivium were acquired by Berwick following recommendations emanating from a World Heritage Status Seminar in 2005. The accreditation, gained in 2007, and the Convivium were both the outcome of community endeavour supported by elected members and officers of the Borough Council.
Since 2008 Berwick in Bloom has been coordinated through Cittaslow, during which time the town has gained two Bronze awards and two silver awards in the Northumbria in Bloom competition. To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Robert Stephenson’s death in 1859 Cittaslow Berwick also initiated and contributed in the delivery of a programme of events lasting from May to October in 2009. More than 14,000 people participated and enjoyed presentations, railway walks, exhibitions, films and much more. Cittaslow Berwick also organises four hugely popular Antique Fairs each summer.
During 2011 Cittaslow Berwick has become a major partner in the recent acquisition of a lifeboat that saw service in Berwick during its working life. The ambition is to restore it to its former glory using interested volunteers, school and college students. It has also become a partner with a local Honey Farm and Leeds City Museum in a project to restore and display two Fowler Ploughing engines.
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For more information contact:
Margaret and Bernard Shaw
Tel: 01289 308 005