Tweeters meet to help little Niamh

Niamh pictured with her family last year
Niamh pictured with her family last year

It’s the hashtag that’s taken the county by storm, with Thursday nights transformed into a hive of frenzied activity, and #northantshour users have now teamed up to organise a Christmas charity fundraiser.

The Twitter phenomenon, which sees hundreds of local social networking enthusiasts connecting with each other for an hour every week, has seen a number of users join forces to arrange the evening, which will raise funds for local charity Niamh’s Next Steps.

The event will be held at the Black Bottom Club in George Row, Northampton, on Thursday, December 5, from 7pm to 10pm and will feature live music from Will Rogers and Full Time Rookies.

A #northantshour spokesman said: “The impact of #northantshour has been extraordinary. It has enabled local companies to do business with each other, it has brought people together and it has massively raised the profile of the county.

“This event is a celebration of everything that’s been achieved over the past few months and will be a great opportunity to meet people in the flesh, have a great night out and raise money for a fantastic local cause.”

The #northantshour networking session runs from 8pm to 9pm every Thursday and involves businesses, residents and other local tweeters introducing themselves and “meeting” new people from all walks of life across Northamptonshire.

Its popularity has grown to the extent that it is now regularly a trending topic in the UK every week – meaning it is one of the most tweeted about subjects in the country.

All #northantshour users have been invited to the charity event, which will include a raffle and a photobooth run by Ultimate Photography. Awards will also be handed out to the best tweeters.

Those attending are asked to donate a minimum of £5 and can register by visiting Follow @northantshourUK for more details, or email queries to