Lindisfarne story retold in Morecambe

Ray Laidlaw, founder member and original drummer, and Billy Mitchell, front man for the final eight years, have joined together to tell The Lindisfarne Story.
Ray Laidlaw, founder member and original drummer, and Billy Mitchell, front man for the final eight years, have joined together to tell The Lindisfarne Story.

The story of Lindisfarne, one of the best-loved bands of the 1970s, will be told through acoustic versions of their most famous songs at the Platform in Morecambe on Saturday, October 17.

Ray Laidlaw, founder member and original drummer, and Billy Mitchell, front man for the final eight years, have joined together to tell The Lindisfarne Story.

Buxton Advertiser archive,1974, Lindisfarne playing at the Buxton Festival who's line up also included Rod Stewart and the Faces. Despite being July several acts didn't play as they were frightened of being electrocuted in the appalling weather and a policeman was knocked out when he fell off his motorbike. Frustrated fans were reduced to throwing tins at the stage.

Buxton Advertiser archive,1974, Lindisfarne playing at the Buxton Festival who's line up also included Rod Stewart and the Faces. Despite being July several acts didn't play as they were frightened of being electrocuted in the appalling weather and a policeman was knocked out when he fell off his motorbike. Frustrated fans were reduced to throwing tins at the stage.

The duo will be appearing at the Platform presenting the history and hits in a celebration of Lindisfarne devised, written and performed by Ray and Billy.

They will play acoustic versions of such songs as Lady Eleanor, Meet Me On The Corner, Fog On The Tyne and Run For Home and relate the stories behind them.

Lindisfarne was Tyneside’s best-loved band for more than 30 years, and The Lindisfarne Story is a celebration of the group’s music and achievements.

Ray and Billy perform acoustic versions of Lindisfarne’s classic songs, and tell the inside story of the group’s rise to fame, from Whitley Bay to San Francisco Bay.

The show is illustrated with personal archive photographs and describes their worldwide tours, their triumphant return home and their unique relationship with Newcastle City Hall, venue for more than 130 Lindisfarne performances.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £18.50 at www.lancaster.gov.uk/platform-tickets or on 01524 582803.