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Village history reprinted thanks to family donation

Adrian Osler and Dot Charlton with Millie Breese, eight, and James Taylor, nine.

Adrian Osler and Dot Charlton with Millie Breese, eight, and James Taylor, nine.

The history of a seaside village in north Northumberland is now back in print thanks to a donation from the family of the late author.

The Story of Alnmouth, by Fred Bettess, is available after his family gave a generous donation to the Alnmouth Local History Group in his memory.

Fred, who died last year aged 95, was the founder member of the group and wrote the book after his wife Gladys’s death. It is based on her thesis which she completed in 1994 at the age of 74.

The book proved to be very popular, but it has not been available in print for a number of years. The Local History Group have used some of the donation to have it reprinted.

The first recipients of the book are Hipsburn First School, where Fred was a regular visitor and brought history alive to many generations of children.

Headteacher Dot Charlton said: “The children used to look forward to Fred’s visits and learn about the history of the area in which they lived. The books will help us to continue that and we are very grateful to the Local History Group.”

Adrian Osler, the group’s chairman, said: “The family’s generous gift will help us expand the work that Gladys and Fred began, with this reprint giving yet more people access to the village’s rich history.”

The book is available from the Puffin Stores/Post Office and the Aln Gift Shop for £15.

 

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