Tales of the Tyne in stories, songs and films

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THERE will be a moving trip down memory lane at a Morpeth church as the story of the Tyne’s shipyards is brought to life.

The heart-warming Men Of The Tyne production by poet and playwright Tom Kelly combines songs, stories and film footage to show the life and times of the people who once worked on the river.

The evening is described as ‘a loving testament to a past that is close to the heart of every Geordie’ and forms a touching tribute to the men who worked on the banks of the Tyne during the river’s shipbuilding heydays of the 1950s through to the 1980s.

It includes new songs by Tom Kelly, who was born in Jarrow, which are set to music by ‘adopted Geordie’ Ian Ravenscroft, who will be appearing at the event along with fellow musician Ron Smith and folk singer Ted Cuskin.

The first part of the evening is made up songs and stories, while after the interval the event is devoted to old films of men at work in the shipyards.

The nostalgic work has emerged from a project at the Customs House in South Shields to recall times gone by when the river was alive with the sounds of riveters, welders and blacksmiths building some of the great vessels that left the region to sail the oceans of the world.

It is being staged in Morpeth by the Greater Morpeth Development Trust (GMDT).

The piece can be seen at St George’s Church Hall tomorrow (Friday). The event starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10, £8 concessions, and are available from GMDT on 01670 503866, or from the Tourist Information Centre in Morpeth Chantry on 01670 623455.