Give Bob his recognition for history research

I read with interest the piece regarding the Heritage Lottery grant to Blyth Tall Ships (BTS) (News Post Leader, February 6).

I have a great interest in the BTS project as it is based on research that was compiled by Robert Balmer (Bob) in the early 1970s and 1980s.

In 1971 Blyth Local History Society (BLHS) was formed with more than 100 members, and it still is a thriving society today, albeit a slightly smaller one of around 70 members.

One of the first aims of the society was to research and record aspects of Blyth. Bob took on all things maritime.

He ended up completing a paper on Captain William Smith and his discovery of Antarctica.

This was deposited in the Maritime Museum at Greenwich.

Without the BLHS and Bob’s research the possibility of the TSP existing is nil.

Our society, on behalf of Bob, would like some recognition in our local newspapers of his research.

After all the Queen herself saw fit to award him with an OBE in 2011 for services to maritime research, he surely deserves local recognition.

Maureen Dyer

President

BLHS