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The Summer Soltice is upon us. The middle of the year, the longest day, and a period of festivals, rituals and holidays. The Cheers ethos is one of positivity, so let’s enjoy this full summer period – by some accounts a favourable one weather-wise – to the maximum.

We’ve got an extensive list of things to do and places to go in our Events section to help you decide where to spend your leisure time – that is if you can tear yourself away from your local pub.

We’ve had an incredible time in the region’s pub scene lately – Wylam Brewery opened its doors to the public at its new home in the palace of arts in Exhibition Park, Newcastle. The two words we heard most were “wonderful” and “rammed”.

And good old Morpeth Town won the FA Vase by a convincing 4-1 which has raised the spirits of all Northumberland by several notches.

In a recent editorial we mentioned that 29 pubs a week are closing across the country, but nobody tells us how many are opening. We’ve since been told that the Campaign For Real Ale (Camra) Pub Tracker Numbers are compiled by CGA Strategy on behalf of Camra and the figures it issues are net closures, taking new openings into account.

Perhaps it would be more informative to declare that 39 pubs a week have closed but 10 have opened over the same period (or whatever the figure may be). That, at least, would be a little sunshine to spread around.

Alastair Gilmour
Editor, Cheers North East

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