A PAIR of playwrights are looking for help to tell the true story of a north Northumberland heroine.
North East duo Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood are putting the finishing touches to a new play about Grace Darling and are appealing to anyone with a copy of a rare pamphlet written by her sister.
The two writers have read all the known books on Grace and were delighted to have been given copies of letters written between Grace and her benefactor, The Duke of Northumberland, by the Duke’s estate but they particularly want to read the pamphlet titled Grace Darling: Her True Story, produced by Grace’s older sister Thomasin in 1880.
Grace and her lighthouse keeper father William achieved national and international status in September 1838 after rescuing nine people shipwrecked on the Farne Islands’ notorious Harcar Rock.
Trevor said: “Grace became a Victorian superstar and in popularity terms she was the equivalent of, say, Victoria Beckham today, except Grace did something worthwhile.
“Her bravery led directly to the creation of the modern Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1854.
“Sadly, from the minute she became a national heroine her life was not her own. Here was a young, naïve lass from Northumberland whose societal role was to look after her parents and tend the lighthouse but she was thrust into the media spotlight.
“Thomasin and Grace were very close and Thomasin wrote the pamphlet to put the record straight about Grace’s humble life.
“It was initially posted around Bamburgh. Sadly, because it wasn’t a sensational read, it sold a lot less than the plethora of made-up nonsense about Grace.
“We know there are copies of Thomasin’s pamphlet in existence and we’d love to read one.”
Anyone who can help can contact them via their website www.edwaughandtrevorwood.co.uk