STRONGMAN: It’s Willie’s anniversary

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There is a Heritage Open Days event at St Cuthbert’s Church in Blyth from September 10 to 13. The theme is The Life and Times of Willie Carr.

However, in digging around to produce the displays, we noticed that Sunday, September 6, is the 190th anniversary of Willie Carr’s death on September 6, 1825, aged 69.

After being known throughout the nation as the ‘Samson of England’, it is quite sad to know that in 1818, Willie suffered a paralytic stroke and died seven years later, having been confined to bed for all those years.

People may not realise this anniversary, even though the recent re-positioning of his statue to the back door of the Keel Row centre astounded and disappointed many.

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