OK this looks pretty unremarkable (like a lot of my pictures these days) but this was a very well supported public event on Saturday 22nd. June with a few thousands attending.
This is Souter Lighthouse at Marsden on the coast in South Shields, the shot was taken from the back of Marsden Quarry on Lizard Lane and shows a number of vessels anchored off the coast at the rear of the lighthouse. Oddly, this was a musical event commissioned by South Tyneside Council involving three brass bands, a bugler on top of the lighthouse and the combined ships horns of about 70 vessels ranging from the DFDS North Sea ferry right down to small kayaks! The ships and boats were arranged and spaced according to the strength and pitch of their horns and the distance from the shore to produce the best aural interpretation of the artist's composition, all facilitated by a high tech marine simulator at South Tyneside College in Westoe.
The musical extravaganza, devised by artists Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway and music compsed by Orlando Gough, was aimed at marking the disappearance of the sound of the foghorn from the UK’s coastal landscape.
Not a bit of fog on Saturday - shame really.
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