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.
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.
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.
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:
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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.
A hairdresser from Seaham has been left without a finger after she was bitten by a False Widow spider in a field. She had been playing with her children and ended up in hospital for ten weeks. Doctors say Andrea Wallace's injury could have killed her.
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.
The RNLI has described a yacht fire 10 miles off the North East coast as a 'very frightening situation'. The sailor abandoned the yacht and was unhurt.
‘Fortunately the sailor was uninjured but it was very sad to see his yacht burn and then sink so quickly. We understand the boat was his home and he was sailing from Iceland to Holland, but it looks like he’s lost nearly everything.
‘He seems to have done all the right things in what must have been a very frightening situation. He launched the liferaft correctly and had everything he needed to keep safe, including a lifejacket, flares and water. He’s now being looked after by the Coastguard and we wish him well for his journey home.’
A sailor had to abandon his yacht 10 miles off the North East coast after an explosion started a fire on board.
Hartlepool RNLI helped the man at 5.50am this morning (August 22). When volunteers arrived, the 38ft yacht was well alight.
A cat from County Durham has been selected as 'National Cat of the Year'. Nelson, owned by Andrea Huntley-Crow, of Seaham, has also won the Most Incredible Story award.
Nelson, 20, has had struggles. He was thrown into the sea in a sack, lived rough on the docks, lost an eye and suffered a heart condition.
We caught up with Nelson before he was announced as the winner.