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Ashleigh Gillings, Dana Morris, Emily Runciman and Emma Dyball will all work on board the ferry company’s Newcastle-Amsterdam ships this month as part of a programme developed in partnership with Tall Ships organiser Sail Training International. DFDS is a sponsor of the Tall Ships event this year and has offered the trainees a chance to get more experience of life at sea in addition to its sponsorship deal. The girls, from Ashington, will spend time with the company’s experienced seafarers, learning about life at sea and helping out with a range of core tasks, including working in the galley kitchen and preparing cabins before passengers embark for their sailings.

Ashleigh, 19, who volunteers with the Northumberland Youth Service, is hoping that the experience will help her secure a job in the travel industry. She said: “I’d really like to travel in my work, meet new people and visit new places so I’m hoping my time at sea with DFDS will give me a great insight into what it’s like to work on a ferry and what’s involved with working at sea.”

 

Northumberland Tall Ship Trainees Get First Taste of Life at Sea

Ashleigh Gillings, Dana Morris, Emily Runciman and Emma Dyball will all work on board the ferry company’s Newcastle-Amsterdam ships this month as part of a programme developed in partnership with...

 

The construction phase of a major overhaul of Druridge Bay Community Centre is set to start next month after the completion of internal work. Northumberland County Council has appointed Compass Developments to deliver the construction phase of a £550,000 revamp, which aims to create a modern, multi-purpose facility for residents. The project will involve the construction of a two-storey extension, creating a community gym with state-of-the-art equipment on the ground floor and a first floor dedicated to the area’s thriving boxing club. Refurbishment works have already taken place at the centre, which has been revitalised on the inside, and phase two is expected to take around 18 weeks to complete.

The new gym will be managed by Active Northumberland, and will be equipped with the latest fitness equipment. County councillor for the area, Scott Dickinson, said: “We have already seen a number of improvements on the inside of the building, but now the project gets really interesting with the physical transformation of the building about to get under way. “Compass Developments is a local firm with a great track record, a good understanding of what we are trying to achieve and a conscientious approach to working on community projects such as this. We believe the community centre is in very good hands with them. “Once complete, the centre will be a bright, modern facility, with state-of-the-art gym equipment and a space for all the community to use. “It will offer a range of activities and facilities and become a real focal point for the people of Hadston.” The project is due for completion in late 2016 and has been designed by architects Crawford Higgins.

Read more at: http://www.northumberlandgazette.co.uk/news/local-news/contractor-appointed-for-revamp-1-8083507

 

Druridge Bay Community Centre Leisure build set to start

  The construction phase of a major overhaul of Druridge Bay Community Centre is set to start next month after the completion of internal work. Northumberland County Council has appointed...

 

 

Global soft drink manufacturing giant Coca Cola is set to invest £14 million into the development of its manufacturing site in Morpeth, Northumberland.

The Morpeth plant is the only source of Schweppes Abbey Well Spring Water and for the last two years has been the only British plant to produce Glaceau Smart Water, thanks to the use of a local spring.

The fresh investment will also fund the production of a new sports cap format for the brand.

Coca Cola European Partners (CCEP) administered the multi million pound investment which will treble production at the facility and create up to 56,000 bottles of water every hour.

Once redeveloped, the site will be able to send out four million cases of water each year from the Coopies Lane facility, which is enough water to fill 100 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Councillor Scott Dickinson said that this investment is further evidence that Morpeth, along with Northumberland in general, is becoming a popular destination to conduct business.

Dickinson added: “Coca-Cola’s continued confidence in the future here is also a tribute to the skills of its workforce as well as a great boost to the local economy.”

Meanwhile, CCEP Morpeth Operations Director, Jane Buckley, insisted that the company is dedicated to supporting manufacturing in the local area.

Buckley continued: “This investment in new equipment and production technology for Schweppes Abbey Well and glaceau smartwater is an exciting milestone for our Morpeth operations.”

The town’s MP, Ian Lavery, has also welcomed the announcement and he was shown some of the investment that has been made already this year in the Coopies Lane site.

The new high speed, fully automated water-processing and bottling line has more than doubled the existing production capabilities of the site from 18,200 bottles to 56,000 bottles every hour, which is equal to more than four million cases of water each year.

Scott welcomes Morpeth Factory £14million investment

    Global soft drink manufacturing giant Coca Cola is set to invest £14 million into the development of its manufacturing site in Morpeth, Northumberland. The Morpeth plant is the...

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