Pit musical

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A PIT disaster’s anniversary is to be marked with music.

The explosion at Seaham Colliery in September 1880 killed 164 miners.

Now the tragedy is to be recognised with a musical called She’s Fired, to be staged at Sedgefield Folk Festival on August 30.

The piece began as a monologue by ex-blacksmith pitman Bob Lowery, from Seaham.

He decided to put his words on to a CD and find music to accompany it, teaming up with John Wrightson, from Murton, after they were introduced by a friend.

Bob said: “The play is based on the Seaham disaster, but it is also based loosely on the people I knew when I worked at the pit and my family.”

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