The play examined the coal trade between Northeast England and London 200 years ago and some of the human rights issues of the time and how they relate to our lives today. One of the songs celebrated the Pitmen's Great Stand of 1765, is called We are Strong and can be heard in the music and writing section of this website, whilst the other, also in that section of this website, was the Lady Waits about Aung San Suu Kyi and her long struggle for democracy in Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi was one of three human rights campaigners who have been awarded the Freedom of Newcastle by the city council who were talked about at the event.
After the songs, play, poetry and presentations, people went upstairs to view the excellent paintings. The feedback from those attending was excellent and I was delighted with the way it went. My thanks to all those who attended, especially the Lord Mayor and councillors, Paul Piercy, whose paintings were much appreciated and Lewis Cuthbertson who ably assisted me by acting with me in the short play.