Sanderson Arcade and Back Riggs was a run down shopping area in the heart of Morpeth - Northumberland's beautiful county town.
Opening out onto the town's busy Bridge Street area the development was first opened as a shopping centre in the 1950s by the well known local businessman Alderman Sanderson. It was officially opened by the then Duke of Northumberland (pictured together above)
Over the years the development was extended and remodelled in the 1970s and 80s but in more recent times had become run down and in need of investment to attract new retailers to the town.
Plans were submitted in 2006 by Dransfield Properties and Ethel Austin Properties for a major redevelopment of the Arcade to transform the development into stylish shoppping destination with a great retail line up. The scheme was planned to link in with the existing town centre shopping area and car parking.
Work started on the site of the new Sanderson Arcade in July 2008 and it was opened on schedule by Joanna Lumley OBE in front of huge crowds on November 12th 2009. The daughter of Alderman Sanderson, Jenner Swinney, aged 93, who was at the original Arcade opening, also attended the event and paid tribute to the new development.