HEXHAM'S MP Guy Opperman has spoken of his delight after three more Tyne Valley institutions were handed a funding lifeline by the Government's Cultural Recovery Fund.

The money aims to help cultural and heritage organisations stay afloat while their doors are closed due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

It represents the biggest ever one-off investment into UK culture.

A second round of grants has delivered a funding boost for three further Tynedale organisations - including £250,000 for the Vindolanda trust.

Allenheads Contemporary arts received £57,000, while Tynedale Fine Art Products Ltd received £50,000.

In total, almost £1 million in funding has been provided to local cultural organisations across Tynedale and Ponteland, with the Queen's Hall and Hexham Book Festival among those to receive cash in the first round of funding

Commenting on the funding boost, Guy Opperman MP said: "I am delighted to see more organisations across the Tyne Valley benefitting from this funding boost.

"From the Queen’s Hall, to the Vindolanda Trust, the Cultural Recovery Fund will help support local jobs, and will hopefully put some of our iconic cultural organisations on a sustainable footing for the future."