Regional legends sign up to judge contest

Bell View in Belford has a special visit from North East Comedian Brendon Healy on Monday 14th June at 11am, to help them launch and promote their open week. Visitors during this time will be able to meet staff from Daycare and the Resource Centre as well as finding out about the services and facilities they provide for Older People in North Northumberland.

Bell View in Belford has a special visit from North East Comedian Brendon Healy on Monday 14th June at 11am, to help them launch and promote their open week. Visitors during this time will be able to meet staff from Daycare and the Resource Centre as well as finding out about the services and facilities they provide for Older People in North Northumberland.

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A trio of North East legends have been selected as the judges for a song competition to celebrate a north Northumberland heroine.

Lindisfarne legend Ray Laidlaw, BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown and Brendan Healy, one of the region’s top comedians, have just been revealed as the judges for the Woodhorn Museum Grace Darling Song Competition.

Jeff Brown

Jeff Brown

The judges have top credentials when it comes to music.

Ray Laidlaw was part of the most well-known band to come out of the North East, Brendan Healy is not only a fantastic comedian, he is also an accomplished musician and has written more than 40 television signature tunes and Jeff Brown is the lead singer in a fantastic rock band.

Entries for the competition for a new song relating in some way to Grace Darling, the 19th-century sea rescue heroine ,are starting to roll in, but would-be writers and composers have until Friday, September 14, to take part.

The song can be of any genre as long it is less than four minutes in length and entries can be from individuals and groups.

Up to six of the new songs will be broadcast during the three-week tour of a play about Grace Darling called Amazing Grace, which will be performed at 10 theatres in the region throughout October and November.

The show has been written by Tyneside-based writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood.

Its premiere will be held at the Alnwick Playhouse on Wednesday, October 17, before further shows on Thursday, October 18, and Friday, October 19 in the town.

Woodhorn exhibition and events officer Liz Ritson said: “To have this trio of eminent North East people on board is fantastic. This competition is a great opportunity to showcase the region’s musical talent and to celebrate a true North East heroine.”

The competition closing date is Friday, September 14, and successful songs to be used on the tour will be announced soon after.

Woodhorn will also host a concert featuring the new songs on Saturday, October 6.

Full details about the competition and how to enter can be found by logging on to the website www.experiencewood horn.com/song-competition