A colourful way to share memories

Artist Ivan Webley with his new publication called Places Remembered - A Northumbrian Colouring Book.
Artist Ivan Webley with his new publication called Places Remembered - A Northumbrian Colouring Book.
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A new colouring book has been produced to help senior citizens recall what life was like in their local community many years ago.

Morpeth artist Ivan Webley has been working with the Bedlington-based charity MIND Active to produce art pieces for care homes in south east Northumberland.

He has now completed Places Remembered – A Northumbrian Colouring Book for elderly people. The paper is thick enough to take paints, as well as coloured pencils.

It includes well-known scenes of the county, buildings and vehicles that have now gone, such as the old Co-op and Avenues in Ashington and the River Blyth Ferry, or how particular sites used to look – for example Bedlington Station in 1959.

The beach at Newbiggin, Smithy Square in Cramlington and Telford Bridge in Morpeth are among the other striking drawings that feature in the publication.

Mr Webley said: “When I decided to go ahead with the colouring book idea for elderly people, none of the books of this type in the research that I did focused on a local area.

“So I thought it would be good to include buildings and scenes that elderly people will know well or remember from years ago. The drawings include developing some of my old sketches and working from archive photographs.

“The whole purpose of this exercise is to encourage them to share their memories.”

The book costs £10. It is available for £5 if purchased by or for care home residents.

For more information, visit www.ivanwebley.weebly.com