A book telling the story of social history, the development of modern medicine and wild, pioneering adventure has been produced by Glanton Heritage Group, in association with the Bailiffgate Museum.
Singin’ Hinnies is an absorbing account of the trials and tribulations of the Robertson family from 1859 to the mid-1960s and their life in the village of Glanton.
Written in 1975 by Joyce Robertson, the last surviving member of the family, the faded hand-typed manuscript lay amongst boxes of family correspondence until three years ago when it fell into the hands of the Glanton Heritage Group.
The group was formed in 2010 by a small band of villagers who were passionate about retaining the iconic red telephone box which BT wanted to remove following decommissioning.
The parish council was persuaded to adopt the box for the sum of £1 and, following extensive renovation, the box now stands very proudly on the junction of West Turnpike and Front Street.
While the renovation was being carried out, attention turned to other heritage features of this historic Northumberland village and the Glanton Heritage Group was set up to protect, restore and enhance the heritage of the village and parish along with researching and archiving its history.
The group spent three years digitising Joyce Robertson’s manuscript; secured funding, digitised hundreds of family photographs from glass plate negatives, designed, fact checked, proofed and ultimately published Singin’ Hinnies.
Mike Mason, chairman of Glanton Heritage Group, said: “This has been a monumental task met by a small kitchen table community group who have dedicated their spare time to seeing this project through to completion.
“The group appreciates the assistance given by the Bailiffgate Museum and Heritage Lottery Fund in the preparation of this book.
“We know Joyce Robertson would be thrilled that her book has at last been published and we hope that it will now be enjoyed by everyone who reads it.”
All proceeds of the book will go towards the group’s aims and it is on sale via the museum.
The Duke of Northumberland was presented with a copy of the book at the special reopening ceremony of the museum on Tuesday.
CAPTION: Glanton Heritage Group members Mike Mason, Susan Williams, Sue Rogers, John Lang and Richard Verrill at the launch of Singin’ Hinnies. Absent from photo are Pru Redman and Dave Holdsworth.