Gazette SOS leads playwrights to Darling pamphlet

An appeal for a pamphlet written by the sister of Grace Darling has been a success thanks to the Gazette.

At the start of June, we reported how North East playwrights Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, who are writing a new play about the 19th century Bamburgh sea rescue heroine, were putting out an SOS to view a copy of a rare pamphlet.

Entitled Grace Darling: Her True Story, it was produced by Grace’s older sister Thomasin in 1880.

Ed said: “We wanted to read her sister’s version of events and the response to our appeal was overwhelming.

“People from all over the region and beyond replied with suggestions about the book and further information about Grace.”

Ed added: “We were delighted to be invited to the RNLI Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh by manager Andrew Lidster to read an original copy.

“While it endorsed a lot of what we already knew from the public domain, reading and touching the pamphlet felt like a link with history as Thomasin was Grace’s best friend and Grace died in Thomasin’s house on Front Street, Bamburgh.”

Mr Lidster said: “The Grace Darling Museum received more than 30,000 visitors last year and we are always pleased to hear from anyone with an interest in Grace Darling and to provide help with research.”

The play will premiere in the North East next year. For further details contact Ed and Trevor via www.edwaughandtrevorwood.co.uk