Northumberland-based Langley Castle Hotel and Restaurant is calling on authorities in the county to create a dedicated Northumberland Day, on which the county can celebrate its history, food and culture.
The Langley-on-Tyne hotel, located close to Hexham, has scooped Northumberland’s ‘Best Small Hotel of the Year’ title five times in the last 12 years. It has created its own special Three Millennia Tours and those who have experienced its daily Guided Battlements Tour will know that it proudly flies the red and yellow Northumberland flag from its battlements. It says more needs to be done to celebrate the county’s heritage and wants the county to follow the lead of other northern counties, by creating a dedicated Northumberland Day in the calendar.
Lancashire Day takes place on November 27 and commemorates the day in 1295, when Lancashire sent its first representatives to Parliament. The Visit Lancashire website says: “Lancashire Day allows us the opportunity to declare that we are proud to be Lancastrians.” Town criers across the county read out the Lancashire Day proclamation and events are staged across the county.
Yorkshire Day is celebrated on August 1. That date marks that of the Battle of Minden and also the emancipation of slaves, for which Yorkshireman, William Wilberforce, campaigned. The Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity is read out and Yorkshire food and culture is celebrated county-wide.
On February 13, 2013, Cumbria took itself to the Houses of Parliament, with 80 people, comprising MPs, food producers, businesspeople and tourism officials, showcasing what the county has to offer.
Grade 1 listed Langley Castle, part of the county’s landscape since 1350, believes Northumberland should follow the examples of other counties. The castle has championed Northumberland on the national tourism stage, winning a prestigious Silver ‘Enjoy England for Excellence Award’ and a nomination as England’s Leading Castle Hotel, in the World Travel Awards in both 2007 and 2011. Its policy is to employ as many local Northumbrians as possible, to retain the authenticity of the Northumberland experience within the castle walls and it has recently brought its exceptional head chef, Daniel Grigg, back to the north east, to put local food knowledge and innovative approaches on its already renowned 2AA rosette menu.
Langley, once owned by Cadwallader John Bates, a former Sheriff of Northumberland, now wants to see the whole county uniting, to shout about what it has to offer. Current owner, Dr Stuart Madnick, has played his own part in Northumberland’s history by getting the titles of Baron of Langley and Lord of the Manor of Langley back from the Crown, following their sequestration after Langley’s part in the attempt to put Bonnie Prince Charlie back on the throne. He is calling on the county’s MPs, and other influencers, to back Langley Castle’s call for Northumberland Day.
He says: “Northumberland needs to reinforce its identity and be proud of its history, food and culture. A strong identity is a driver of tourism and economic success and we need to follow the lead of other counties and start to showcase what we can offer, not just to Britain, but to the world.”
Anyone wishing to support the call for Northumberland Day can email NDay@catapultpr.co.uk