Who would have thought it? Zebras in Berwick? Our visit to many small traders on Bridge street with William Hague brought us to the window of the Bazaar, where, in honour of the Annual Riding of the bounds! the window was dressed in horses supporting Newcastle a United (as my son once described them!!)
It is encouraging to see the growth of small businesses in town, and I will continue to push for more involvement from County Hall's redevelopment team to find practical, job creating uses for the derelict buildings which scar our beautiful ancient town. 900 years old this year officially!
Z is for zoology
We have a great deal of extraordinary wildlife across this constituency, from birds like curlew on our moors to dolphins, puffins, arctic terns and many more around our unique Farne Islands off the coast at Seahouses. This National Trust owned archipelago of Islands is invaded every spring by thousands of birds who breed here. The boats of Billy Shiel & others can take you from the Seahouses Harbour out to see this wildlife - but just remember to take an umbrella, so that when the birds decide to dive bomb your boat, your head is protected! It's an unmissable experience.
Z is for Zooming About
The Chancellor started his final tour of the country before Election Day in our patch, meeting with local business leaders in Alnwick to hear how their businesses are doing. Good stories abound, from housebuilding growth to renewable energy installations. There is work to do on the Business Rates Review to ensure that out-of-town stores pay their dues as they are now the "prime" sites with easy parking. The old market town centre sites are not prime sites since access and parking are much more restricted into the modern age, and taxation should reflect that accordingly. If I am elected, this Review, and our input into it, is high on my agenda.
Z is for Zzzzzzzzzzz...
As Election Day looms into view, I will now leave you all to your own private thoughts on casting your vote. The most important thing is that you do vote, for whichever party offers what you are looking for, and that you encourage any recalcitrants to join you. I continue to be amazed at the number of people who "don't think they will bother". We only have to watch the queues of people in new democracies lining up to cast their first vote how valuable living in a real democracy is. I will continue to try to find way to engage with a positive message to those voters who feel separated from our systems of government.
DONT FORGET TO VOTE!