New DVD highlighting town’s past and traditions

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A NEW film has been produced about the history of Blyth.

South east Northumberland’s Six Townships Community History Group has put together a documentary DVD offering a look at the town through the ages.

The age of steam is remembered in the DVD, along with the last passenger train to leave Blyth in 1964.

Ship building was another prominent employer in the town, and the film features footage of the launch of the Corchester, built at Blyth to carry coal.

John Dawson, secretary of the history group, said: “Blyth not only built ships, but broke them up too, so we go to Hughes Bolkows, the breakers.

“The Empress of Scotland was a disaster as it caught fire at Blyth on its way to the breakers yard. We witness the ship burning and all attempts that were made to put it out.

“The coal industry is also represented as we go back in time and see how the coal mines in Blyth operated with early archive footage.

“Witness first hand the port and how busy it once was. We have the fishing vessels and fisher lasses that travelled the coast, and this footage dates from around 1912.”

The DVD costs £5.49 and is available from www.sixtownships.org.uk or at Al’s Superstore in Ashington.