Historic watch house to host gigs

Paul Liddell who is hosting a concert at The Watch House, Pier View, Sunderland.
Paul Liddell who is hosting a concert at The Watch House, Pier View, Sunderland.
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Local musicians are banging the drum for an under-used venue.

Paul Liddell, This Little Bird and 3 at Sea will be performing at The Watch House in Roker later this month in what’s hoped is the first of many gigs at the coastal site.

Singer songwriter Paul, who’s shared the stage with the likes of Turin Brakes, Florence And The Machine and Calvin Harris, said: “It’s a lovely room with lots of seafaring stuff, where they train the voluntary lifeboat crews.”

He added: “There are plans for more gigs at The Watch House through 2016, aiming to bring some great artists from all over the UK to Sunderland. The night is generally focused on singer/songwriters, but occasionally other styles are involved as well.”

The Roker Watch House opened in 1906 as the headquarters of the then Roker Volunteer Life Brigade. When the Brigade in the south closed in 1958 its responsibilities transferred to Roker, and this later then became Sunderland VLB.

Today, as well as being the headquarters of the brigade, it houses a collection of information and artefacts from the Brigade’s 130 year history.

Paul Liddell at the Watch House

Paul Liddell at the Watch House

The brigade opens the Watch House as a museum every Sunday afternoon plus Bank Holiday Mondays.

•Paul Liddell, This Little Bird and 3 at Sea play The Watch House, Pier View, Roker on November 27. Doors are at 7.30pm with the first band onstage at 8pm. Bar available on the night. Tickets available from www.wegottickets.com/paulliddell