Dozens starstruck at Northumberland dark skies mass trespass

Participants view Milky Way and Andromeda galaxy as campaigners bemoan restrictions on right to roam

“Welcome to the night,” beamed a right to roam campaigner welcoming a coach load of city dwellers to the pitch dark stillness of remote Northumberland countryside on a chilly September evening.

The passengers had been attracted by a secretive offer spread on Instagram and by old-school posters pinned up in Newcastle.

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