Musical tribute to victims of lifeboat disaster

False Lights Seaham drew crowds down to the marina on Saturday evening to hear the premier of a new piece of music composed by Ed Carter and performed by members of the Durham Miners Association Brass Band.
False Lights Seaham drew crowds down to the marina on Saturday evening to hear the premier of a new piece of music composed by Ed Carter and performed by members of the Durham Miners Association Brass Band.
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A HAUNTING composition created as a tribute to those who perished in a lifeboat disaster was performed outdoors for the first time in an East Durham coastal town.

The music titled ‘FI10S: False Lights Seaham’ marked the 52nd anniversary of the George Elmy Lifeboat disaster where eight men and a boy lost their lives off the coast at Seaham.

False Lights Seaham drew crowds down to the marina on Saturday evening to hear the premier of a new piece of music composed by Ed Carter. Beforehand, folk singer Jez Lowe entertained.

False Lights Seaham drew crowds down to the marina on Saturday evening to hear the premier of a new piece of music composed by Ed Carter. Beforehand, folk singer Jez Lowe entertained.

On Saturday night, the piece was performed by artist and musician Ed Carter, accompanied by tuned percussionists and a brass quintet from Durham Miners’ Association Brass Band, to the backdrop of Seaham lighthouse.

More than 130 people turned out to listen to the work, which also brought a close to the East Durham Creates Festival, which has seen more than 40 performances, exhibitions and events take place this autumn.

Nikki Locke, the festival’s programme manager, said: “It was a very special and moving night of which we’re very privileged to have been a part of.

“The setting was fantastic and the sky was beautiful, we could not have asked for it to have been better weather.”

She added: “At one point a flock of oystercatchers flew overhead, which many thought was very symbolic, as one person said ‘even nature even played its part’ in the evening’.”