Space to perform in waiting room

Olivia Devine, Ray Laidlaw, Duika Burges-Watson and Paul Irwin in the new performance space.

Olivia Devine, Ray Laidlaw, Duika Burges-Watson and Paul Irwin in the new performance space.

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Talented musicians are on track for greater things after the former Lindisfarne drummer helped open up space to perform.

A converted waiting room at Whitley Bay Metro station has been opened up for musicians, performing artists or comedians following on from the success of the adjacent Station Masters’ Community Wildlife Garden.

Tyne Idols duo, ex-Lindisfarne drummer Ray Laidlaw and Paul Irwin, managing director of EastCoast Taxis, believe the space is the ideal place for local performers to learn their trade and practice in the right environment.

Ray said: “We were impressed by the work done in the Station Masters’ Garden to protect and enhance local wildlife, enable food growing, and to restore the garden to a living part of the community.

“When the opportunity arose with the waiting room, we decided to follow the excellent example of the garden and create a rehearsal space.”

Since the garden has opened, Mr Irwin has noticed that the local community has grown closer together with a common bond.

“The Station project has brought the community together in many ways and inspired us to get involved,” he said.

“We want to take this positive community project a step further by providing a useful rehearsal space for bands, dancers, actors or solo performers.”

A rising star from Whitley Bay, 17-year-old Olivia Devine who is working with some of the industry’s best writers and producers, visited to lend her support and to remind aspiring talent that anything is possible.

“We all know how difficult it is to find rehearsal space but with the Tyne Idols Waiting Room it’s free and with trains stopping at the door commuting is easy, it doesn’t get much better than that.”