A new book about how a seaside village has hit the headlines over the last three centuries is being launched at the weekend.
John Yearnshire is the author behind Around Alnmouth – What the Papers Say.
He has researched the variety of newspapers over the last two to three hundred years, collecting their reports of what was newsworthy through the ages.
He found stories of the generous, the cruel, what breached the law, the unusual and the idiosyncratic.
As part of his research, John unexpectedly discovered an ancestor who had been involved in fisticuffs with a business rival on New Year’s Day outside The Red Lion pub.
He also found a story of a man who was taken to court for showing a light in the blackout of the Second World War – his chimney had caught fire – as well as a rare portrait of the Duchess of Northumberland who sold picture copies of her portrait in 1864 to help build Alnmouth Bridge.
The book will be launched on Saturday at the village’s Hindmarsh Hall. He will sign copies from 10am to noon.
It can also be purchased from him at £5.99 plus £2 postage by emailing yearn email@example.com or calling 07581 178001.