BBC Radio Programme about The Morecambe Bay 2004 cockle picking disaster. Online for 30 days

“Alan Dein visits Morecambe Bay to investigate the aftermath of the 2004 cockle picking disaster. How did the community cope when 23 Chinese workers lost their lives in the bay?

The third programme in the Aftermath series, which explores what happens to a community after it has been at the centre of a nationally significant event.

Morecambe faced its greatest tragedy in February 2004, when a group of Chinese cockle pickers drowned in a bay notorious for its dangerous tides. The event brought to the country’s attention issues of people-trafficking and illegal gangmaster activity. As the media of the world descended, reported and left, the shock felt by locals lived on. Alan Dein looks at how the community changed as a result.”

Some detailed descriptions of what happened –  and the tidal landscape itself. Link here

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