Genealogy group will share finds

A genealogy project will be holding a community workshop to share information it has uncovered.

Almost 100 years on from the fourth of a sequence of sea disasters which claimed almost 50 lives, Newbiggin Genealogy Project is aiming to involve the whole town in researching and publishing the story about how the community survived and overcame adversity.

Project chairman Hilton Dawson said: “Many people have some knowledge of the 1808, 1851, 1904 and 1915 disasters, and the founding of the lifeboat has been very well told.

“Less well known, however, is the tale of the brave and resilient way that families overcame the devastating consequences of the tragic events.

“There is an even bigger story to be told, particularly on behalf of the women, children and men who had to bravely pick up their lives and livelihoods.

“Newbiggin is a courageous community and by learning more about how people coped and telling their tale we can do a great service to bravery which has now passed beyond living memory .”

On Saturday, February 15, the project will be holding a workshop from 2pm to 4pm at Newbiggin Maritime Centre, where people will be invited to share information which will be used to produce a book.

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