Passionate individuals, businesses, community players and schools are all heading to the finals of the ‘Northumbie’ Awards 2018, to be rewarded for their passion and commitment to showing pride in Northumberland and the special efforts they put into celebrating the second Northumberland Day.


A shortlist of finalists has been named by the Northumberland Day organisers, with each one already a winner having made it this far.  All will gather at Langley Castle, in Langley-on-Tyne, on the evening of July 5, at an event staged thanks to the generosity of Langley Castle as Northumberland Day’s champion, and one that is raising money for the Great North Air Ambulance.


There are seven ‘Northumbies’ up for grabs this year, thanks to sponsorship from Newcastle International Airport, Hexhamshire Brewery, Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant, The Angel of Corbridge, event listing and ticketing website,, Helen Grierson Glass Studio and Catapult PR.


As well as there being more Northumbie awards, this year sees the introduction of runners-up ‘Hearts of Achievement’, also designed by fused-glass artist, Helen Grierson.  The creation of runners-up awards has been achieved thanks to the support of other individuals and businesses who have come forward to take part in awards that celebrate Northumberland life, culture, heritage, landscape, community and food and drink.  One of these kind sponsors is Paul Mitchison of North East Guides and another is Councillor, Russ Greig.


It has also been announced that every participant who submitted details of an event or activity that could be listed at will receive something to commemorate their participation.  These will also be presented at the awards event.


The shortlist for each Northumbie Award 2018 category is as follows:



Best Community Event (sponsored by The Angel of Corbridge)

Beadnell Village

Haydon Bridge Village

Headway Arts

Norham Village



The Jill Bradbury Award for Most Passionate School (sponsored by Catapult PR)

Allendale Primary School

Mowden Hall School

Wooler Primary School



The Best Foodie Event or Initiative (sponsored by Langley Castle)

The Angel of Corbridge

Melanie’s Tea Rooms, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea

Taste of Northumbria, Alnwick



The Most Passionate Pub, Restaurant Café or Tea Room (sponsored by Hexhamshire Brewery)

The Angel of Corbridge

The Craster Arms, Beadnell

Melanie’s Tea Rooms, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea


The Best Designed Event (sponsored by the Helen Grierson Glass Studio)

Beadnell Village

Dawn Chorus Walk, the Friends of Ridley Park

Headway Arts, Blyth

Northumberland Rocks Treasure Hunt

Taste of Northumbria


The Just the Ticket Award (sponsored by

The Angel of Corbridge

Beadnell Village

Headway Arts

Melanie’s Tea Room

Kirkharle Courtyard

Taste of Northumbria


The Above & Beyond Special Recognition Award

Katie Archer, Beadnell

John Emery, Ashington Rocks

George Shiel & Ailsa Campbell-Shield, Golden Gate Boat Trips


Northumberland Day organiser, Jane Hunt, says: “We have seen some amazing celebrations this year, which is why everyone who told us about an event will receive something to mark their hard work and participation.


“When it comes to the Northumbie Awards and Hearts of Achievement, we have finalists from across the whole county, from Beadnell in the north east  to Allendale in the south west.  This will be our first presentation event and anyone wishing to attend can do so, to help recognise our winners and find out more about our plans for 2019.”


Tickets for the event cost £5 and can be bought at – the website of one of the Northumbies’ sponsors.  Proceeds will go to the Great North Air Ambulance.


More information about Northumberland Day can be found at                                         ENDS




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