Banners of Pride
Memories of the Durham Miners’ Gala
by Derek Gillum
This high quality book is a people’s history of the Durham Miner’s Gala as well as the many banners that are paraded at the ‘Big Meeting’
It has over 120 unique illustrations many never published before.
This book is A4 with 40 pages.
North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s
Remember the days when Monday was always wash day, tin baths in front of the fire and knitted bathing suits on the beach in a new book by local author Andrew Clark.
‘North East Life in the 1930s, 40s & 50s’ recalls life at home when the washing was done in a poss tub; the wireless was the main form of entertainment; every community had a cinema and a holiday would be a trip to the seaside.
With over 120 old photographs there are also memories of Christmas, childhood games, schooldays, rationing, local dance halls, early television and going to the match.
North East Life in the 1970s
By Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor
‘North East Life in the 1970s’ features many local events, people and stories. The music scene had artists such as Geordie, Lindisfarne, Alan Price, Bryan Ferry and Sting. On television people enjoyed Whatever Happened to The Likely Lads and When The Boat Comes In. The region’s industrial past is recalled with shipbuilding and mining as well as industrial action that led to power cuts. Flares and other 70s fashions are remembered. There were also the memorable cup runs of our football teams – Sunderland, Newcastle and Blyth Spartans.
North East Life in the 1980s
by Andrew Clark & Sharyn Taylor
In ‘North East Life in the 1980s’ the authors share their memories of fashions; early computers and video recorders; popular toys and games; happy times at Metroland; first holidays abroad and concerts at Newcastle City Hall. The decade saw many new developments in the region such as the opening of the Metro transport system, the MetroCentre and Nissan’s car factory. Also featured in the book is the music of the 1980s as well as television shows and films set in the North East such as the hugely popular TV series Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. There were also many other days to remember such as the Tuxedo Princess floating nightclub coming to the Tyne and the biggest musicians in the world playing at St James’ Park, Roker Park and Gateshead Stadium.
by Mike Kirkup
Pit ponies were a faithful companion to the men who worked in the coal mines of Northumberland and Durham. Former Ashington miner Mike Kirkup tells the story of these ponies with over 100 illustrations and many local mining memories. Also included is a brief history of the industry that once dominated the region.
Featured are stories of the training of pit ponies and the lads who worked with them; the ponies at shows and races; the dangers that men and the ponies faced; and finally the day when horse power came to an end when the last pit pony left Ellington Colliery in 1994.
Tommy Armstrong The Pitman Poet
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.
A Personal Experience of the Rising Sun Colliery
by Ron Curran
This hight quality book is a history of the Rising Sun Colliery in Wallsend from the 1940’s to its closure in 1960’s.
The book contains over 100 unique illustrations many never published before.
The book contains 116 pages.