Fishing disaster show bound for Cockburnspath

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A show about the tragic fishing disaster which changed the lives of east coast fishing families is being performed at Cockburnspath village hall next month.

The hall is the only Berwickshire venue chosen to host ‘Get Up and Tie Your Fingers’, based on the novel by author Anne Coburn.

The show arrives in Cockburnspath on Tuesday, May 13, making its way south from The Bruntons in Musselburgh to The Maltings in Berwick on Friday, May 16.

The cast will follow the traditional route of the herring fleets down the east coast of Scotland and England and among them is Barbara Marten who has appeared in ‘Waking The Dead’, ‘Whitechapel’ and ‘Eastenders’ and Channel 4’s ‘The Mill’.

She is joined on stage by Scottish actresses Sian Mannifield and Samantha Foley and at each venue they will share the spotlight with a choir of local singers who will perform a specially commissioned score based on the traditional songs sung by fisherwomen as they gutted fish.

Vice-chair of Cockburnspath Village Hall committee Sally Carroll is delighted that ‘Get Up and Tie Your Fingers’, was heading to a place where the legacy of the 1881 disaster still lives on. “We are very lucky to have been chosen,” she said.

“We’re just two miles away from the disaster memorial at Cove and in the middle of an area affected by the events of that tragic day. The hall isn’t seen to be a theatrical venue as such which makes the fact the play is coming here even more special for us.”

The hall committee is organising an exhibition to be displayed in the entrance of the hall featuring paintings, glass work and fishing nets produced by local people. Jill Watson, the sculptor responsible for the fishing disaster memorials on the Berwickshire coast, is to display the original maquette of the women and children left behind.

Tickets are available from Sally on (01368) 830482, or the community cafe.