I VISITED Morpeth on Monday and I was struck by the number of posters in the shops advertising a play called Amazing Grace, which is being performed at Alnwick Playhouse this month.
It turns out the play is about our own Northumbrian sea rescue heroine Grace Darling, a subject close to my heart, as it was in 1838 that Grace and her father rescued 12 people shipwrecked on the Farne Islands.
It was on Tuesday, during the torrential gales and rain, that the bravery of this young girl was hammered home to me. As I watched huge waves and the dangerous swell of the sea off the North Sea, I wondered what it must have been like for Grace and her father to have put to sea to rescue those stricken people.
I’m intrigued that Amazing Grace is set in the modern era and the fact that it is a comedy convinced my wife and I to buy tickets for the show.
Upon purchase of my tickets I was delighted to learn that there will be a collection for the RNLI after each performance of the show, which is a brilliant gesture.
Amazing Grace not only celebrates our own local hero, but also helps the RNLI, whose bravery can be seen by anyone who witnessed the recent angry sea.