Jim tells more tales of town in days of old

At the launch of Blyth Memories Part Two are, left to right, Jim Harland, Dr Reg Carr, Ronnie Campbell, MP, and George Robson.
At the launch of Blyth Memories Part Two are, left to right, Jim Harland, Dr Reg Carr, Ronnie Campbell, MP, and George Robson.
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A SEQUEL to a book about the history of Blyth and the lives of some of its most memorable characters will be launched at the town’s library on Saturday, October 1.

Blyth Memories, Part Two, written by retired journalist Jim Harland, contains 120 photographs of the town in years gone by.

It also includes the recollections of some of the town’s best-known characters, including Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell, former police surgeon Reg Carr and magistrate George Robson.

Mr Campbell tells how he was there at the end of seven centuries of mining in Blyth, describing his subsequent move from pit to Parliament.

The book includes memories of the Second World War prisoner-of-war camp at Kitty Brewster and how three Blyth men fought in the Spanish Civil War.

It also tells the tales of the opening of Blyth’s first cinema and the expansion nationwide of the haulage firm Ferguson’s Transport.

Jim said: “After making a number of enquiries, I realised there was enough material to do a 2011 edition. Indeed, there is enough to start on a 2012 book.”

Many of the 80-page book’s contributors will be at its launch.

Published by Newcastle’s Summerhill Books, it goes on sale in shops in Blyth and Morpeth the same day, or it can be ordered for £9.99, including delivery, by calling (01670) 352825.