Exploring the life and times of villages

John Yearnshire with his latest book.
John Yearnshire with his latest book.

Historian John Yearnshire is launching his third book centring on the life and times of north Northumberland villages, as part of the popular series What the Papers Say.

His first two books – Around Alnmouth and Around Alnmouth, The Lesbury Township – have been well received and are still selling.

John’s latest work, Around Embleton What the Papers Say, takes a look at the journalistic narrative of times gone by in the area.

He has located many media reports from the last two centuries which give explanation and visual interest into village events and life.

The book also features stories from Rock, Craster, Newton and Christon Bank.

Tales include the time a baby penguin walked out of the sea in Embleton Bay, to the joy of holidaymakers.

Through his research, John also found that Embleton was a lead village in Northumberland and had far more social and religious importance than the fledgling Alnmouth.

All profits from Around Embleton What the Papers Say will go to local charities in Embleton.

John will be displaying old photographs of the area, as well as meeting visitors and sharing a complimentary cup of coffee with them at the launch of the book in the Creighton Hall, Embleton, on Saturday, May 13, from 10am until 1pm.

John has published a number of books covering a wide range of subjects including historical cricket, policing and the influential Baronet Williamson family of Whitburn Hall.

He lectures on the above, plus a number of researched high-profile criminal cases.

He is a retired crime-scene investigator with Northumbria Police.

He has taught Forensic Science at the Police National Training Centre and latterly spent several years in the Middle East where he was a consultant in forensic science to the Justice Department.

He is married to retired police superintendent Stephanie and has two adult daughters.

John can be contacted on yearnshire@hotmail.co.uk or by calling 0191 5294826 or 07581 178001.