A local historian and author has published a new book on his home town.
Mike Kirkup’s latest work is a series of eyewitness accounts of life in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.
The book, Open Window (2), the second in a series, features personal accounts of life from people in the village.
One account is from Elsie Hall, a six--year-old girl who presented Sir Charles Trevelyan with his button-hole on the opening of the new Newbiggin promenade in 1932.
An extract from the book states: “I can remember that day well, as did my Mam who was disappointed as it rained, my teacher, taught me how to curtsey, as I was also to present a bunch of flowers to some lady.
“But even at six-years-old, no way was I going to curtsey to anyone, so they were wasting their time.
“On the day of the ceremony, Miss Muter came forward and gave me a big hug. Uggggh! A hug from a teacher! But I still did not curtsey.
“Later I was lifted on to a chair where I placed a little rose in the gentleman’s button-hole, in the right place, much to the relief of my Dad, Tommy Hall.”