Anti-opencast campaigners plan a music video shoot

A petition against opencast mining plans near a Northumberland beauty spot has passed 4,000 signatures.

And local musicians are ramping up their objections, with the chance for people to get involved in a music video shoot.

The Save Druridge campaign is protesting at plans by Banks Mining for an opencast site at Highthorn, near Druridge Bay.

Objectors are concerned about potential noise, dust, light pollution, the effect on wildlife and environmental damage.

Singer songwriter Brian English, from Amble, has penned a song Druridge on behalf of the campaign, which has attracted more than 1,800 hits on Facebook.

Now he will be making a video with photographer Andrew Bryson to accompany the song, and he is seeking extras.

Dogs, kites, horses and boats would all be welcome to highlight the use of the bay.

Meanwhile, famous North East music star Ray Laidlaw, the former drummer of Lindisfarne, has given his backing to the opposition, signing the protest petition.

He said: “At a time when global warming and climate change should be the number one priority for the whole world, this is not the time to be considering opencast mines anywhere, let alone on this beautiful stretch of the Northumberland coastline.”

To take part in the Druridge video meet in the lane beside Druridge Bay Cottages at 11am on Sunday. Call 07814 397951 or email keith@highlightspr.co.uk for more details.