Memories are made of this in Jim’s book

Jim Harland's book Blyth Memories, the third in the series.
Jim Harland's book Blyth Memories, the third in the series.

A THIRD book in a series about the history of Blyth has been published by a former journalist and life-long town resident.

Blyth Memories Part Three has been written by Jim Harland.

His latest work delves into tragic chapters of the town’s past, including heroic tales submariners sailing out of Blyth during the First and Second World Wars as well as numerous drownings in Blyth Bay.

It also tells of the mystery land mine explosion which killed three firemen and a soldier and which led to the discovery of two men, blown up months earlier.

Blyth was one of the first towns in Britain to be attacked by a Zeppelin, while another chapter deals with the furore caused when national newspapers alleged that Blyth staged a Nazi funeral.

However, it is not all doom and gloom as the book also pays tribute to the volunteers turning the Blyth Battery into a visitor attraction.

It tells the story of MP Eddie Milne, who split the local Labour Party, as well as the life stories of former mayors Gilbert Barker and George Colpitts.

There are also the stories of ordinary residents, including that of a local coroner, a football-loving headmaster, an ice cream salesman and a postman.

The book, priced at £9.99, will be officially launched at 10.15am on Saturday at Blyth Library.