Wansbeck Matters

The Tyne Piers

The Tyne Piers

The importance of infrastructure The Tyne Piers. It took 50 years to build the Tyne Piers. Work began in 1850 and the piers were not completed until the end of that century, almost 50 years later. The building of the…
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My first day down the Pit

My first day down the Pit. Vivid recollections of my first day down the pit at the age of fifteen. Most of the men in the pit were kind and helpful, but not all. I used to cycle up the…
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The Duchess of Northumberland

The Duchess of Northumberland

The Duchess of Northumberland Each year the Duchess of Northumberland presides over an evening of awards for people throughout the County of Northumberland for their voluntary work on environmental projects. In 2012 I was asked to assist the presentation and…
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First Council House Wansbeck matters

The First Council House in Britain

The first Council House. Was this the first Council House built in Britain? It was completed in 1916 with a grand ceremony in Cleveland Avenue, Newbiggin by the Sea to fulfil the promise of ‘HOMES FIT FOR HEROES’. Four Avenues…
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The Coal'd War

The Coal’d War

The Coal'd War The Coal'd War is a riveting thriller about two men, one on either side of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, brought together by chance and separated by world politics, whose lives are changed and endangered…
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Newbiggin by the Sea

Fight Back

Newbiggin by the Sea “The fight back”  What has happened! The Fight Back. In the early 1990’s after twenty years under the control of Wansbeck District Council Newbiggin by the Sea was a dying community. People were moving out, businesses…
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