Tommy Armstrong The Pitman Poet

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by Ray Tilly, Grandson of Tommy

Tommy Armstrong was famously called the ‘Pitman Poet’.

His songs and poems are well remembered within the mining communities of County Durham. His famous songs include such classics as ‘Dorham Jail’, ‘Nanny’s A Maisor’ and ‘Trimdon Grange Explosion’.

What makes this book unique is that it has been written by Tommy’s grandson – Ray Tilly.

Ray’s book is an attempt to ‘set the record straight’ about the life of his grandfather. Many things have been written and said about Tommy and Ray separates fact from fiction.

Included in the book are thirty previously published works by Tommy and a further sixteen unpublished works.

Also included are the poems and story of Tommy’s son – William Hunter Armstrong – Ray’s father.

The book has over 100 illustrations.

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