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In 2021, the Covid-19 situation makes regulations a moveable feast, affecting what is possible and what is not possible on May 30 2021 – Northumberland Day.
What we can all do is decorate our windows, gardens and schools in red and yellow, hang out the bunting and wave our flags. For that reason, we are this year offering our new specially designed glass awards, ‘The Bunties’, in place of our normal ‘Northumbies’.
You can still also take part in our Northumberland Day Challenge 2021, posing in a stunning or unusual place with the Northumberland flag.
The list below is a slightly adapted one, detailing of how to get involved, but please be aware that some of this would only be possible if Covid-19 regulations permit.
Please only do what is safe and legal to do, in line with whatever the Government rules are, at any given time.
IDEAS OF HOW TO GET INVOLVED
- Spread the word. Put information on your website, in your newsletters, on leaflets in your shop, on noticeboards
- Take part in our Northumberland Flag Challenge.
- Dress in yellow and red for the day! We want to turn the whole county yellow and red on Northumberland Day and the period leading up to it!
- Decorate your house, attraction, shop window in yellow and red
- Create the ‘biggest’, ‘smallest’, ‘heaviest’, Northumberland something and share pics
- Stage a Northumbrian world record – if you can do it Covid-19 compliantly
- Hang out bunting and flags and compete for one of our 2021 ‘Bunties’
- Create a very special Northumbrian delicacy and tell us all about it
- Create a new dish or product rooted in Northumberland’s heritage and tell us about it on our podcast
- Put on a Northumberland menu in your eatery (if allowed to open)
- Create a new tipple, cocktail or special brew in celebration of Northumberland Day, if allowed to serve customers during Covid-19
- Use Northumbrian dialect and words for the day & teach others their meaning!
- Lay on a sporting challenge that has its roots in Northumbrian heritage or play a game in red an yellow for the day (if allowed to do so under Covid-19 regulations)
- Dress up – St Oswald or Grace Darling … the choice is yours!
- Arrange a natural tourism event – a wildlife or countryside walk, pond dipping, squirrel seeking, bat walk, special dark skies experience, as long as you do so in line with Government Covid-19 regulations
- Re-enact something from Northumbrian history in your home!
- Put Northumbrian flags on your vehicles
- Light up your building in Northumberland’s colours
- Learn something new about your county and share it with others via the hashtag #NorthumberlandDay
- Introduce your customers or visitors to the sound of the Northumbrian pipes
- Decorate an area via yarn bombing; tree decoration, bunting – and compete for one of our 2021 ‘Bunties’ awards
- Knit the longest Northumbrian scarf!
- Ask your pupils or customers to write a poem about Northumberland or create a piece of art that depicts Northumberland
- Create a Northumberland mosaic out of beach glass
- Run a competition in conjunction with us
- Create a piece of art inspired by Northumbrian culture
- Name things after famous Northumbrians for the week
- Hook up with other businesses and have a virtual ‘trail’ or a ‘treasure hunt’ between businesses, with details on your websites.
- Put the Northumberland flag over your face on your Facebook page.
- Paint rocks to celebrate Northumberland Day (but don’t pinch them from the beach!)
- Create a Northumberland outfit
- Dress your dog up in Northumberland colours
- Have a yellow and red non-uniform day in school
- Wear a yellow and red wig
- Offer to take part in an email exchange with residents of Northumberland USA, Canada and Australia, to tell them all about your Northumberland and find out about theirs
- TELL US WHAT YOU ARE DOING – WE CAN THEN HELP YOU PUBLICISE IT!
- Follow us on social media and share all we are doing. You can use our home page symbols, to find the sites.
Let’s bring the community together in spirit in 2021, like never before on Northumberland Day, celebrating our county day’s fifth birthday as we do. We can’t have big parades and public gatherings, but we can be kind to each other on social media, tell the world what an amazing place Northumberland is and do some things whilst staying compliant.