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Witches brewing world record-attempt in Alnwick

Witches are already gathering. Credit: Claire Barber PR & Media Limited

Thousands of witches are gathering for a spooky celebration in Alnwick Gardens, in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people dressed as a witch in one place.

Adults and children are bringing half term week to a magical end by wearing the traditional dress of all black clothes, a black pointy hat, a creepy black cape, and of course, a broomstick.

People from all across the North East and UK are being drawn to the picturesque Alnwick Gardens by a promise of entertainment and music provided by Newcastle Musical Theatre Company, The Peace Artists, and many more.

The incantation of witches (the official term for a gathering) will attempt to smash the record set in Spain in November 2013, when 1,607 witches gathered to bring them luck for the Spanish Christmas Lottery.

Sir Tom Jones concert cut short after 'major technical issue'

Thousands of Sir Tom Jones fans were left disappointed when the musical icon's concert at Alnwick Castle was cut short following a 'major technical issue.

The Welshman played for less than an hour when 'lady put the lights out'... Credit: Jane Coltman, Northumberland Gazette

After the interruption event organisers Loose Cannon Management issued a statement on Facebook: "This evening's performance with Tom Jones was unexpectedly cut short as a result of an unforeseen major technical issue.

"This is currently being investigated by independent experts, and we hope to be able to provide further information as and when it becomes available.

"Please bear with us - a full press release will be released shortly."

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Queen's Baton Relay comes to Alnwick

The Queen’s Baton Relay - as the traditional curtain-raiser to the Commonwealth Games - will finish its journey through England with a stop-off at Alnwick Castle in June.

The baton will visit the Castle as it hosts a final event in England before the Baton is handed over at English/Scottish border.

A message from the Queen to the Commonwealth - that will be read out at the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow Games - is contained inside the baton.

“To be selected is a fantastic honour for the county and once again the world’s spotlight will be on us.

“We have worked hard with our partners to bring the Queen’s Baton Relay to Alnwick and it should bring significant investment into the local economy.

“It’s also great for the people of Northumberland to be able to play their part in welcoming the baton into the county and making this a memorable day for all."

– Councillor Grant Davey, Northumberland County Council leader

Hundreds of schoolchildren will be invited to the castle grounds to take part in a series of sports – both modern and traditional – to symbolise the region’s sporting heritage.

The Queen’s Baton Relay will call at the following places in the North East on the final day of its tour:

  • Newcastle and Gateshead on the morning of Friday 13 June
  • Alnwick Castle in Northumberland on the afternoon of Friday 13 June

“Alnwick Castle will be a splendid and iconic venue for the finale of the English QBR journey.

“The 2002 Games helped me achieve so much in my career and I’m urging the English public to back the Team in July. The QBR is a great chance to both send your backing to the Team in Glasgow and have a go at some of the sports that will be available to try at QBR events.”

"The baton is a great symbol of the Commonwealth Games and wherever you are, its arrival is a cue to play your part in supporting the team’s success at the Games.

– Kelly Holmes

Jessie J will not perform in Alnwick until next month

Jessie J Credit: PA

Jessie J says she is "extremely upset" she will not be performing at Alnwick Castle tomorrow.

News the singer would postpone the concert broke late today saying the concert would be rescheduled until August 25.

KAL Music Limited said: "Following a visit to her doctor this morning, blood tests have revealed that Jessie is suffering from CMV, a virus which has caused her considerable fatigue. Doctors have advised that the exertion of performances this weekend would be likely to prolong the recovery period.

All existing tickets will be valid for the new date. Any refunds will be made at point of purchase.

A message from Jessie J's management team reads: "Jessie is extremely upset to be disappointing her fans at such short notice but looks forward to seeing everyone on August 25"

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