The Souter Lighthouse took centre stage in a musical spectacular the like of which the North East had never seen before.
Three brass bands, an armada of ships and the famous old lighthouse combined in a spectacular musical collaboration which was conducted and controlled from afar to an audience along the coast
The Foghorn Requiem was composed specifically to celebrate the work of foghorns - and their glorious booming sound - as their number dwindles around Britain's coastline.
Pioneering technology enabled ship horns to be "conducted" from shore in the work commissioned by South Tyneside Council and the National Trust, which took over the running of Souter following its decommissioning in 1988.
The requiem was devised by artists Lise Autogena and Joshua Portway as part of the Festival of the North East, with the score written by British composer Orlando Gough.
A festival spokesman said: "Used for centuries to guide ships away from the rocks, foghorns across the country are gradually being decommissioned as vessels rely increasingly on satellite navigation systems.
"The foghorn at Souter Lighthouse was chosen to take the lead in the ambitious Foghorn Requiem, performed at Souter with the backing of three North East brass bands and the ships' horns of an armada of vessels positioned off-shore.
"The requiem is unique as it is not only the first musical score created for foghorns, but also uses ground-breaking technology to conduct and control ships' horns from afar.
"The musical score takes into account climatic conditions, the landscape and distance from the shore."
Opened in 1871, Souter was the first lighthouse in the world designed and built to be powered by electricity, with its foghorn kept in working condition by a dedicated team of local volunteers.
Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council, added: "There is a strong seafaring culture in South Tyneside, which can be traced back to Roman times.
"The Souter foghorn has also been an important part of our history for more than 100 years and this ambitious project is a fitting tribute to it."