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.
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’.”