Songwriters sought for competition

JUDGES have been selected for a singing competition recognising one of the county’s greatest heroines.

Lindisfarne legend Ray Laidlaw, comedian Brendan Healy and BBC presenter Jeff Brown will be the judges for the Woodhorn Museum Grace Darling Song Competition.

Entries for a new song relating in some way to Grace Darling are already starting to roll in, with would-be writers and composers having until September 14 to take part.

The songs must be less than four minutes in length and can be from individuals or groups.

Up to six of the new songs will be used during the three-week long tour of a play about Grace Darling, called Amazing Grace, which has been written by Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood and will be at ten regional theatres during October and November.

Grace was only 22 when she and her lighthouse keeper father William rowed out from Longstone on the Farne Islands on September 7, 1838, to rescue crew of the SS Forfarshire which had struck Harcar Rocks. She managed to rescue nine crewmen.

Liz Ritson, Woodhorn exhibition and events officer, said: “The competition is a great opportunity to showcase the region’s musical talent and to celebrate a true north east heroine.”

Details on the competition are at

For more information on Amazing Grace, visit