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Local History Day 2009 and Book Launch

Our Local History Day and Book Launch for 2009 saw our book, "The National Coal Board. Owners of Thornley, Ludworth, and Wheatley Hill Collieries 1947-1955", go on sale. It is a publication of 492 pages packed with information, most of it which has never appeared in the public domain before.

We were blessed with a lovely sunny day, and as usual we welcomed many visitors to the Workingmen�s Club. There was a display of seven colliery banners, plus two production banners; the Easington Colliery Band gave two excellent 'sets' of brass band music; and the Durham Constabulary male-voice choir supported with very nostalgic songs.

The event was opened by Alfie Joey of BBC Radio Newcastle. Alfie gave an excellent speech about local history in general and his experiences with one of our books, through which a previously unknown family story came to light.

Of course, the new book was the main attraction and we sold almost 100 books on the first day - a tremendous achievement to all concerned.

Alfie Joey of BBC Radio Newcastle

Alfie Joey of BBC Radio Newcastle.

Arthur Dodds, our MC for the day

Arthur Dodds was our Master of Ceremonies for the day.

Researcher Owen selling a book to Bill Kirk

Researcher Owen selling a book to Bill Kirk.

Betty and Joan at the refreshment table

Betty and Joan looked after the refreshments.

Joan and Vera at the tombola store

Joan and Vera looked after the tombola stall.

Dave Hopper of the NUM and Margaret

Dave Hopper of the NUM presenting a picture to Margaret and the History Club.


Other Past Projects

2015 Projects - See details of the 2015 Local Family History Day
2014 Projects - See details of the 2014 Local Family History Day and WW 1 project details
2013 Projects - See details of the 2013 Local Family History Day
2012 Projects - See details of the 2012 Local Family History Day
2011 Projects - See details of the 2011 Local Family History Day
2010 Projects - See details of the 2010 Local History Day and Book Launch
2009 Projects - See details of the 2009 Local History Day and Book Launch
2008 Projects - See details of the 2008 Local History Day and Book Launch
2007 Projects - See details of the 2007 Local History Day and Book Launch
2006 Projects - See details of the Wheatley Hill Burial Index
2006 Projects - See details of the 2006 Local History Day and Book Launch
2005 Projects - See details of the 2005 Local History Day and Book Launch