Personal tales open a window on life in village

The front cover of Mike Kirkup's new book on Newbiggin.
The front cover of Mike Kirkup's new book on Newbiggin.

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.”