Pay­ing tribute to town’s lost lifeboat he­roes

Southport Visiter - - Theatre, Arts & Comedy -

THE story of the great lifeboat dis­as­ter of 1886 is back by pop­u­lar de­mand.

Cork Jack­ets And Drill tells the story, through orig­i­nal songs and nar­ra­tion of the tragedy, which claimed the lives of al­most all the crew mem­bers of the South­port and St Anne’s lifeboats.

The im­pov­er­ished fish­er­men of South­port, Lytham and St Anne’s had bravely at­tempted to save the crew of the Ger­man ship, Mex­ico, which came into dis­tress off the South­port sands.

The songs and script are by South­port-based play­wright Len Pentin, whose work has been per­formed at Liver­pool’s top the­atres, on BBC Ra­dio Mersey­side and at the Lon­don fringe.

The show is per­formed by Chris Nel­son, Siob­han Nel­son, Len Pentin, Clive Pownceby, Pete Rim­mer, Colin Wayte and Mike Hud­dart.

Cork Jack­ets And Drill will be per­formed at The Atkin­son, South­port, on De­cem­ber 14, at 7.30pm.

To book tick­ets, go to www.the­atkin­son.co.uk or call the box of­fice on 01704 533 333.

Len Pentin

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