More than 50 people – and a good few dogs – took part as extras in a new music video by a north Northumberland singer-songwriter in support of the Save Druridge campaign today.
The campaign, whose petition now has more than 4,000 names, has been set up to oppose Banks Mining’s proposals for the Highthorn opencast site, earmarked for the south-east of Widdrington and near to the picturesque Druridge Bay.
The scheme has split opinion in and around the area, with groups set up to both support and oppose the scheme. Objectors say the plans would cause massive environmental destruction next to Druridge Bay, one of the county’s most beautiful beaches. However, those in support say it would lead to local jobs, apprenticeships and community funding.
Garage worker Brian English, from Amble, has penned a song about Druridge Bay on behalf of the Save Druridge group and put out a rallying cry for volunteers who were passionate about opposing opencast mining in the area to join him as extras.
“The turn-out was fantastic – locals have really got behind me to star in the video, but also express their concerns about an opencast so near to the bay itself,” said Brian. “One guy in his 80s who grew up in the area even came from Ashington to show his support.”
The song, Druridge, has already generated more than 1,800 hits on Brian’s private Facebook page and local photographer Andrew Bryson recorded the professional video of the song.
Chairman of the Save Druridge campaign, John Smillie was delighted with the support received.
“For 50 people to come out on such a cold, windy and rainy day shows the level of support we have,” he said. “People have had too much opencast over the years and now it’s time we said ‘enough is enough’. We’re looking forward to making the video our battle cry as we continue to oppose the development.”