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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.
Police want to speak to a man who has been offering people in Alnwick money to assault him.
One incident happened in Lindisfarne Road and a second at Swansfield Play Park. They are believed to have taken place on Saturday 5, or Sunday 6, September.
The man is described as in his 50s, white European, with greying hair worn in a ponytail. He has a tattoo on his face or neck and was seen wearing an army style green jacket. So far there have been no offences committed but police want to trace this man and speak to him about these matters.
"These sorts of incidents are very unusual and I would ask members of the public to be vigilant, if you see anyone matching this description in the Alnwick area, please contact the police straightaway.
"It's important people report anything unusual or suspicious they see in their neighbourhood to police so we can investigate."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
Loose Cannon Events, the Middlesbrough company behind Sir Tom Jones' concert at Alnwick Castle on Saturday August 8th, which was cut short by a power failure, has released the following statement.
Loose Cannon is a small, independent company and we used our best endeavours to organise the Tom Jones concert with a team of proven and experienced people, together with fully complying with all statutory requirements.
< Each event we undertake and deliver allows us to go onto the next event, bringing bigger acts to the North East for everyone to enjoy. We have done several outdoor shows over the years (Olly Murs, Snoop Dogg, and a whole host of well-known international DJ’s).
< In staging a concert of this calibre and size of the Tom Jones concert, we brought on board recognised experts in their chosen fields along with local Northumbria agencies and partners including; Live Nation, TicketMaster, Skiddle, Groupon, Alnwick Castle, and the Northumberland Safety Advisory Group (SAG) and its partners. Their help and assistance was, and still is greatly appreciated.
< Regarding the Tom Jones concert, the main issue is undisputable, that due to reasons beyond our control and reasons not yet known, both the generators that were synchronised together failed. We contracted a large national company. This company provide generators too many large scale events and were engaged to look after the production’s power needs; they fully installed and had staff on site for the duration of the concert.
< The failure of the generators caused the abrupt end to the Sir Tom Jones’s concert.
< People have listed various other issues and whilst we respect these comments, it is however the abandonment of the concert that we believe we need to address as a priority. As soon as we have the facts and information available, this will be made public.
< As a company, until the principal issue of the generators failing is resolved, we are not in a position to engage in any discussion about compensation.
< As and when this changes we will of course inform all interested parties. We appreciate that this is what ticket-buyers want to know about, but the facts need to be established and confirmed and the legal involvement needs agreement between a number of parties. This must be finalised before we can advise on any compensation.
< This is not how was had envisaged our flagship event concluding and I would like to again apologise for concert-goers disappointment. As previously mentioned all emails are being replied to and will be responded to within 28 days.
Northumberland County Council has said they have launched a review after Sir Tom Jones' concert was cut short due to 'major technical issue'.
A spokesperson for the council said, “NCC has initiated a review into the abrupt conclusion of the concert and the arrangements put in place for the organisation and staging of the event.”
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The company behind Sir Tom Jones' gig at Alnwick Castle - where a power failure cut short his performance - has apologised to thousands who attended.
Firstly, Loose Cannon would like to sincerely apologise for the way concert-goers were left feeling after the Tom Jones concert on Saturday 8th August.
All complaints are being recorded and will responded to as soon as possible and within 28 days.
As previously stated a large national company provided all the power and tower lighting units for the site, this included 2 large synchronised generators that provided all the production power. Synchronised units are always used on events of this nature to allow a seamless crossover should a fault occur on one of the units.
Unfortunately on this occasion it appears both units developed faults.
The supplier had engineers on site for the full duration of the performance. Unfortunately after a second loss of power towards the end of Sir Tom's performance, the show came to an abrupt end.
As a company we have commissioned an independent report into the causes of both generators failing. We are also awaiting the supplier providing us with their findings.
We will continue to update our Facebook page as and when we can and as mentioned will be replying to customers who have emailed us.
Jane Percy, the Duchess of Northumberland, has reacted to hundreds of complaints about a power failure at Alnwick Castle this weekend, where Sir Tom Jones was performing.
It's really, really sad. People were expecting a wonderful night out. I've heard nothing but complaints.
Sir Tom Jones has tweeted his disappointment after a power failure cut short his concert at Alnwick Castle on 8th August.
In a statement via his website, he said:
Tom Jones would like to sincerely apologise to all his fans for the abrupt ending to his concert at Alnwick Castle on Saturday evening.
A loss of generator power supply at the beginning of the night meant a delayed start to the concert and unfortunately, after continuous problems during Tom’s performance, a further loss of power meant the concert ended abruptly.
Tom really enjoyed performing to the North East crowd and was extremely disappointed that the concert ended in this manner.
Tom looks forward to returning to the North East for a concert in the future.
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Two of the concert-goers say the Tom Jones gig at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland on Saturday (August 8) was spoilt by delays, technical glitches, poor catering and health and safety issues.
Here are Carly Needham and Richard Dale:
Unfortunately, during Sir Tom Jones's performance last night at Alnwick Castle, there was an issue with the generator power supply which meant that the concert finished abruptly.
I wish to make it clear that this situation is not associated with the artist or his management team or Alnwick Castle. Loose Cannon Events employed an established company to supply the power generators and who are well-versed in supplying power to large events of this scale and we are investigating the incident.
Orgainisers say they were sorry to disappoint concert-goers and all enquiries should be directed here