A CD of songs recorded by pupils from a Gateshead school to
commemorate 200 years since the Felling pit disaster went on sale
on today (Friday 25 May).
Youngsters from Lingey House Primary School have recorded a CD
of old pit songs and some favourites with the help of 24 year-old
Philip Brown and Liam Hackett, 22, who are both creative technology
students at Gateshead College.
The group of 22 pupils aged between seven and 11 have been
learning about the borough's mining background and they have
recorded the songs, which include 'Wor Geordie's lost 'is penka' to
remember the Felling Pit Disaster of 1812 which claimed the lives
of 92 miners.
A CD recording of the songs will go on sale at Beamish on Friday
(May 25) exactly 200 years to the day since the disaster, which
occurred when methane ignited and caused a coal dust explosion.
Philip Brown, from Sunderland, was keen to get involved in the
project when he heard about what the pupils were doing.
He said: "I think the recording is a fantastic way to mark the
anniversary of something which affected the lives of many
"The Lingey House pupils were fantastic to work with. I really
enjoyed helping them to make the CD sound professional, it was
different to any other music I've produced so it provided me with a
The primary school already has links with the college and
Philip, from Hebburn and Liam, from Sunderland, volunteered to help
the pupils, who make up the school choir, with their recording.
The pupils sang the songs in the recording studio at Gateshead
College's Baltic Campus and Philip and Liam, who are in the second
year of a Foundation Degree in Creative Technologies for Music and
Performance then produced the professional recording.
Mrs Jones, head teacher at Lingey House Primary School,
said:"This is has been an extremely worthwhile project for the
pupils. It's combined history and culture with music and they've
also learned more about how music is produced.
"We're really glad that Liam and Philip were able to work with
us, they have been great with the pupils and have done a fantastic
job with the final production of the song."
Any money made from the CD, which is £3, is going into a 'banner
fund'. The pupils are in the process of creating a miners' banner
which they will take to the Durham Miners' Gala on July 14.