Former miners and their wives in Northumberland are being offered free tickets for a new play about Ned Corvan.
The first professional Geordie singer/songwriter, who left a legacy of about 120 songs, wrote a much-loved composition to remember the 204 men and boys killed in the Hartley mining disaster of 1862.
Mr Corvan’s Music Hall is the latest play from the pen of Tyneside writer Ed Waugh.
He said it will be performed at venues across the region, but it was important one of the stagings took place at New Hartley Memorial Hall (Monday, May 29 from 7.30pm).
He added: “Ned Corvan was born in 1827 and died in 1865, aged only 37, but he was a superstar throughout the region and he regularly played Miners’ Picnics and shows in Northumberland.
“A virtuoso violinist, singer/songwriter, comedian and artist, Ned’s story is funny and tragic, and inspirational.
“Thanks to a brilliant donation from the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation, we are able to offer up to 100 free tickets to ex-miners and their wives for the New Hartley performance.”
The tickets, which are non-transferable and subject to availability, can be obtained before the cut-off date of Friday, May 12, via 079600 66377.
All complimentary ticket holders will be asked to pay £3 for a programme. Entry will be strictly by ticket only.
For more details about the play, visit www.mrcorvansmusichall.co.uk