We are four years old today (21.07.15)
Bearing in mind that the Centre is run by volunteers, as well as the ongoing aim of spreading the Newbiggin Heritage word we have had a wide ranging list of achievements in the last four years amongst which is the annual Kite Festival, hosting world renowned musicians, providing solid bases for apprentices from which to progress to careers, and welcoming guests from all over the world.
We have started to install two huge sea buoys in the garden at the rear of the Centre. One is situated by the entrance from the car park and the other by the entrance to the viewing platform. Work on them is still in progress.
The garden in which they are situated was planted with a large number of wild flowers in partnership with Groundwork Trust when the Centre opened four years ago. They are now approaching maturity.
As many of you will already know Newbiggin Art Trail starts at the Maritime Centre. The second piece is a sculpture “Peace Tree” which is on the viewing platform at the rear of the building. It comprises 64 (NE64) symbolic doves. Unfortunately we are saddened to have to report that a number of the doves have been stolen. This is the first time in seven years that the Art Trail has suffered an act of vandalism. We will endeavour to replace the missing parts in due course but would be extremely grateful if they could be left intact in future!
We are hosting the National Museums Conference in October so work is in progress to bring the museum displays up to scratch and to permanently enhance the Latimer Room with pictures and photographs.