John Matthews and Cllr Karen Robinson

Lord Mayor of Newcastle becomes Ambassador of Northumberland and Newcastle Society

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ONE of the North East’s oldest societies has welcomed the new Lord Mayor of Newcastle to a position, whose origins date back almost a century.

Cllr Karen Robinson, who was elected Lord Mayor in May, has accepted the role of ambassador at the Northumberland & Newcastle Society.

And, although the Society only started appointing ambassadors last year, a previous Lord Mayor, Alderman Sir Stephen Easten was one of its founding members when it was formed in 1924.

Cllr Robinson now joins fellow Ambassadors, Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland, The Lord Vinson LVO DL and The Lord Shipley OBE, at the Society, known as the N&N.

Formed to preserve the best of the North East’s architecture, landscape and culture, the Society campaigns on issues as diverse as housing development, speed limit policies in rural communities, wind farms and energy matters.

Working with regional and national bodies, it aims to protect historic buildings and landscapes and encourage good sustainable design, monitoring and commenting on planning applications, policies and key regional strategy.

It also bought and restored the Kielder Viaduct – one of the best examples of its kind in the country – to save it from demolition and the bridge now forms part of the Lakeside Way within the Kielder Forest Park. Chairman John Matthews said:

“Our work is very much about ensuring we – and future generations – can enjoy our surroundings, it’s not about standing in the way of progress; it’s about ensuring that we preserve the best aspects of our past as we look to the future . Lord Mayors of Newcastle have been closely involved with the Society for almost 100 years and we are delighted to welcome Cllr Karen Robinson, who we know shares our love of this city and county.”

Cllr Robinson said,

“It is an honour and privilege to be invited to be an ambassador for the Northumberland and Newcastle Society and I am delighted to accept and continue the special friendship shared between the society and Newcastle City Council. I am also excited to get involved in some of the projects.”

For more information about the Northumberland & Newcastle Society, or to join, visit

[Image of Cllr Robinson and Mr JW Matthews ©N&N Society]

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