A famous North East musician has lent his weight to a campaign against opencast mining at Druridge Bay.
Ray Laidlaw, who was the drummer for Lindisfarne, has hit out at plans by Banks Mining to extract seven million tonnes of coal from the Highthorn site near to the coastal beauty spot.
The musician, who now produces musical events and administers the Sunday For Sammy charity, says that coal and other fossil fuels have had their day and it is now time to turn to more environmentally-friendly sources of energy.
And he has given his backing to the Save Druridge campaign by signing a petition against Banks’ plans for mining operations close to Widdrington Village, Widdrington Station, Cresswell, and Druridge Bay itself.
Objectors are concerned about a number of issues, including noise, dust, light pollution, the effect on wildlife and the environmental damage to the land.
Already, the petition has more than 4,000 signatures and the Save Druridge group has supporters around the world.
Mr Laidlaw, who has strong environmental concerns about the area, 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.”
The petition can be signed online at http://committees.northumberland.gov.uk/elps/entity/EMnzAFASA3dKDw7pXeAet9v?searchreq=50