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Local Tourism Association is ‘celebrating the patch’

Local Tourism Association is ‘celebrating the patch’

Local Tourism Association is ‘celebrating the patch’

Local Tourism Association is ‘celebrating the patch’

The North Northumberland Tourism Association (NNTA) has released a series of short films celebrating the beauty of the wildlife and landscapes of north Northumberland.

Three short films have been produced, showing Spring & Summer, Autumn, and Winter in the wild and unspoilt landscapes of the ‘Secret Kingdom’, and a flagship version of the films amalgamates them into a 7-minute showcase.

NNTA Chair Jeff Sutheran said: “We set out to create something visually stunning, to illustrate the unique and beautiful landscapes and wildlife of our area.  Filming across a whole year, looking for specific events such as migrations and breeding seasons, has been an exacting and demanding process.  But now we’re absolutely thrilled with the resulting films, and from those who have seen the final versions there has been one common response – ‘Wow!’”

The films have been produced by local film-maker Cain Scrimgeour, and the project was supported with funds from the Northumberland National Park Authority and the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, as well as monies from the Tourism Association itself.

County Councillor John Woodman, Chair of the AONB Partnership said: “We want to attract visitors who come specifically to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty of this area, and these gorgeous films illustrate that beauty more clearly than any words ever could.  Importantly, they show the beauty of our surroundings at times outside the main holiday seasons, which are times we particularly want to encourage visitors, so we can spread the economic benefit throughout the year. The imagery is just stunning, and I’m sure they will be very powerful in attracting and informing visitors.”

NNTA member Ian Kille added: “The way that we all research our holidays and short breaks has changed beyond all recognition in recent years, and we now expect to be able to see first-hand what we will experience, when planning a visit.  Online video is very important in reaching visitors, and I’m so pleased that our Association has been able to steer this project to such a satisfying conclusion.  These films will undoubtedly be good for businesses in North Northumberland.”

The Association is keen for the films to be shared and promoted widely. “We know that social media is one of the best ways to enthuse people about our area, and so we’re really hoping that local residents and businesses alike will want to celebrate the gorgeous area we’re privileged to live in, by sharing these films in their social media streams” said Jeff Sutheran.

The full version of the film is 7 minutes long, and can be viewed online: bit.ly/northumberlandseasons  

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