Hexham's MP Guy Opperman got behind the bar to show his support for the hospitality.

Mr Opperman headed to the Black Bull, in Corbridge, to throw his weight behind a national initiative from UKHospitality, a group challenging MPs across the country to work in their local bars, pubs, restaurants and hotels.

Meeting with Black Bull general manager Linda Wears, Mr Opperman praised the local hospitality sector which provided 2,800 jobs across Tynedale.

He said: "The largest sector for a rural economy like Tynedale is tourism, and I regard pubs and restaurants as part of that tourism offer and you need to keep punters and locals happy to create a thriving atmosphere which will appeal to an overseas visitor.

"Northumberland recently won tourist destination of the year and our tourism offer is the fastest growing in the country, so I definitely support what the local hospitality sector offers."