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Seaham hotel engulfed by flames

A seafront hotel in Seaham was engulfed by flames during the night. The Harbour View Hotel was unoccupied and no-one was hurt. The building has partially collapsed onto the pavement and road. Durham Police say North Terrace will remain closed this morning.


Woman taken to hospital after house fire in Co Durham

A woman has been taken to hospital and two men were rescued by neighbours after a fire at a house in County Durham.

Firefighters were called to Melrose Crescent in Seaham just after midnight, June 21.

Crews rescued the woman, who was taken to hospital by ambulance.

The fire service says two neighbours used a ladder to free two men who were upstairs.

A joint police and fire investigation is now underway.

Concert to remember Seaham lifeboat disaster

The concert will remember the disaster on November 17, 1962. Credit: East Durham Heritage Trust.

A concert is being held tonight to mark the 52nd anniversary of a lifeboat disaster which claimed nine lives.

On 17th November 1962, the George Elmy left Seaham Harbour for the fateful journey to try to rescue four crew and a nine year old boy from a fishing cobble which had got into difficulties.

The lifeboat was hit by two huge waves and overturned, killing nine people including a 9-year-old boy. Credit: East Durham Heritage Trust

On its return and just yards from the pier, the George Elmy was hit by two huge waves and overturned. All five lifeboat crew drowned, as well as three fisherman and the young boy.

All five lifeboat crew members died in the disaster. Credit: East Durham Heritage Trust

As part of the East Durham Creates Festival an outdoor concert is taking place at Seaham Marina to commemorate those who lost their lives. It includes a composition to mark the tragedy.

The lifeboat was lovingly restored after it was found for sale on Ebay and now stands in the town's original 1870s lifeboat house.


'Two hours later, I'd have died' says spider bite survivor

A woman from Seaham lost a finger and very nearly lost her life after being bitten by a spider.

The venomous attack, which left Andrea Wallace with a flesh eating condition, didn't happen in a remote destination but instead in a Sunderland park, right here in the North East.

She has shared her remarkable story with Gregg Easteal:

Spider bite left woman with poison spreading to her heart

A hairdresser from Seaham had to have a finger amputated after catching a flesh-eating bug from a spider bite. Andrea Wallace was bitten by a False Widow spider. Doctors said the bite could have killed her. She was in hospital for ten weeks.

She has described the extent of her injuries, speaking of the moment she got to hospital and was rushed in where they immediately "cut her hand open" and had to act quickly because the poison was spreading to her heart.

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