Requiem for the migrant workers’ dream

Morecambe bay before tragedy
Morecambe bay before tragedy

The 10th anniversary of the Morecambe Bay cocklers tragedy will be commemorated by More Music with an event on Morecambe’s North Beach by the clock tower tomorrow night.

There will be a small decorated tented village with food and hot drinks, lanterns to decorate, a sculptural bonfire, music and singing.

On the night of February 5, 2004, 23 migrant workers from China drowned as they gathered cockles from the sands of Morecambe Bay.

More Music started working with the local Chinese community in 2005, and created The Long Walk, a large scale performance featuring music and stories created in response to this tragic event, and has since developed a Chinese music orchestra.

This has then led to six years of projects in Southern China and Hong Kong.

Sigh of the Sea is being produced by Peter Moser, artistic director of the resort’s More Music working with Hong Kong theatre maker and performer, Eric Ng and Ewa Witaszek.

It will include an installation made by Cumbrian ceramic artists Victoria Eden consisting of 23 ceramic forms taken from the ripples and depressions in the sands of Morecambe Bay.

It starts at 5pm and lasts two hours.

Details: moremusic.org.uk.