Sydney tells the story of his survival

Author Sydney Carr from Low Close at Felton, formerly of Ashington, seen with his e-book 'The Fourth Lad'.
Author Sydney Carr from Low Close at Felton, formerly of Ashington, seen with his e-book 'The Fourth Lad'.

A retired Lieutenant Colonel is sharing his memories of growing up in one of the county’s toughest mining towns.

Sydney Carr has published his first e-book, The Fourth Lad, a humorous and often painful tale of his youth and what it was like growing up and surviving in post-war Ashington.

Born at the end of the Second World War, Sydney, the fourth of 11 children, was raised in Pont Street.

The 68-year-old said: “It is a fast moving, relentlessly funny tale of a young boy growing up in a large and at times dysfunctional family in the north east, his struggle to survive and ultimately escape the claustrophobic, malevolent environment.

“Ashington Hospital had a separate page for recording accidents and emergencies to kids from Pont Street.

“You did not live in Pont Street, you survived it.”

Sydney worked at the Coneygarth Drift mine and Ashington Colliery before joining the army in 1962. He left in 2000 having reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

He now lives in Felton with his wife Elizabeth.

The Fourth Lad is available from Amazon.