Ex-drummer from legendary band hits out at mine plans

Ex Lindsifarne drummer Ray Laidlaw.

Ex Lindsifarne drummer Ray Laidlaw.

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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 proposals by Banks Mining to extract seven million tonnes of coal from the Highthorn site near to the coastal beauty spot.

The musician 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 environmental damage.

The petition has more than 4,000 signatures and Save Druridge has supporters around the world.

Meanwhile, singer-songwriter Brian English, from Amble, who has penned a protest song against Banks’ plans, is looking for extras to feature in a video to accompany the track.

Anyone wanting to take part should meet at the lane near to Druridge Bay Cottages (where the road bends towards Cresswell) at 11am on Sunday.

The song, Druridge, has had more than 1,800 hits on his Facebook page and the video will be shot by photographer Andrew Bryson. For details, call 07814 397951.