Campaigners getting busy in empty town retail unit

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AN EMPTY store in Whitley Bay town centre will become a hive of activity once again.

The former X Catalogue unit in Park View shopping centre has been offered to Friends of the Earth who will host a bee event from Monday, August 27, until Saturday, September 1.

There will be a range of activities on offer, including dancing and singing, creating a beehive quilt and fancy dress, poetry and poster competitions.

Beekeeper Judith Wallace will be there with her bees on Saturday, September 1, along with members from the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust.

The week-long event is part of the group’s campaign to help stop the decline of bees as well as petition the government into creating a bee action plan that incorporates all bees.