New song to celebrate the coast

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A SONG is being penned as 300 singers are recruited to perform the piece in celebration of the coast.

Musicians from the region are using its folk traditions and the sounds of nature as the inspiration for the tune, which is being co-written by a Finnish team involved in an exchange project.

The Durham Heritage Coast and Air Protection Association for Itä-Uusimaa and Porvoonjoki Rivers are sharing their expertise, with two of its environmental scientists visiting East Durham this week.

As part of their trip, the Finnish scientists called into East Durham College, in Peterlee, to help progress the song.

Niall Benson, heritage coast officer, said: “Music is a big tradition in Finland and we are using music which comes from the sounds of nature.

“The lyrics have been started and the music is being composed.

“The concept is brilliant and the people at East Durham College were great.”

About 150 people have already signed up to the choir. They will sing the completed song on the clifftops at Seaham, on Saturday, May 25, when the town hosts a Low Tide Day, which will offer visitors a chance to try out and see a range of activities.

Anyone interested in joining the choir can call the Durham Heritage Coast office on 03000 268 130.