Fascinating book recounts the tales of Alnmouth village

John Yearnshire with his new book.
John Yearnshire with his new book.

A new book which highlights the stories behind life in a north Northumberland village is being launched this weekend.

John Yearnshire is behind the work Around Alnmouth, The Lesbury Township, What the Papers Say.

The 65-year-old, who was brought up in Lesbury and has a bungalow in Embleton, says his discovered some fascinating things during his research for the book.

He said: “My research of long-neglected newspapers and documents from many sources revealed a flourishing and remarkable township of interesting individuals from the courageous to the cantankerous.

“I discovered that Lesbury was the lead village of the area, of far more social and religious importance than the fledgling Alnmouth.”

The book is being launched on Saturday at Lesbury Village Hall and he will be signing copies between 10am and 12.30pm.

All are welcome to attend and there will be complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits, as well as a display of old photographs of the area.

The book is the latest in a series by John which focus on the Alnmouth area, as well as historical research on cricket, the police and the history of Whitburn Hall.

John is a retired crime-scene investigator with Northumbria Police who has taught forensic photography at the Police National Forensic Training Centre as well as spending several years in the Middle East where he was a consultant in forensic science to the Justice Department training Arab police officers.

He has two daughters and is married to Stephanie, a retired police Superintendent.