Grace set to take centre stage in TV programme

Amble Coastal Rowing Club helped with filming of My Story.
Amble Coastal Rowing Club helped with filming of My Story.

Film crews have once again descended on north Northumberland, this time to capture action for a pre-shcool history series.

Cast and crew from the CBeebies show My Story were in the county recently for an episode about heroine Grace Darling.

Amble Coastal Rowing Club helped with filming of My Story.

Amble Coastal Rowing Club helped with filming of My Story.

Grace is famed for participating in the rescue of survivors from the shipwrecked Forfarshire in 1838, after the paddlesteamer ran aground on the Farne Islands.

Filming for the show took place at locations such as Amble and Bamburgh, as well as Souter Ligthouse in South Shields, and the feature is set to air early next year.

As part of shooting, the show also used the skiff Coquet Spirit, which was built by Amble Coastal Rowing Club, whose chairman Rob Angus said: “We were very pleased to be approach by the BBC when they asked us to help them with their filming.

“They started off by looking over the boat and talking about Grace and her family, how difficult it must have been for a young girl to row a boat in a storm and, of course, the famous rescue.

“We then took them out for a run in the skiff, together with a cameraman and sound recordist, and they did more pieces to camera on the water to continue the story.”

It isn’t the first time that the county has provided the stage for filming, with casts and crews coming to the Secret Kingdom for movies such as Macbeth and the BFG, as well as programmes like Beowulf, Downton Abbey, Vera and Tales from Northumberland.