Amazing Grace wins MP support

WANSBECK MP Ian Lavery has urged people to show their support for a new play about one of the county’s heroines.

Amazing Grace is set in the present, following a film crew when they come to Northumberland to tell the story of Grace Darling – a 22-year-old who with her lighthouse keeper father rescued nine survivors of a shipwreck off the Farne Islands in September 1838.

Grace became a national heroine, but she sadly died from TB just four years after the incident.

The play, by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, will tour the region in October with 23 performances, and at the end of each one there will be a collection for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Mr Lavery, who will attend one of the shows, said: “Newbiggin Lifeboat is the oldest operational boathouse in the British Isles and Ireland. We’ve had a lifeboat here since 1851 and any support for the selfless volunteers who risk their lives to save people at sea must be endorsed.”

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