New book charts how Amble has developed

One of the scenes featured in the book.
One of the scenes featured in the book.

A fascinating new book showing how Amble has changed over the years has been published, to help raise money for repairs to the town’s iconic war memorial.

Amble Town Council has worked in conjunction with Amble in Old Photographs and the town’s history society to produce Amble Past and Present.

The front cover of the book.

The front cover of the book.

The book features a collection of then and now photographs, which run side by side to show how various parts of The Friendliest Port have developed over time. Some of the historic scenes date back to the early 1900s.

It is hoped that the book, which is on sale now, will prove popular, offering a nostalgic journey and helping to fund war-memorial repairs.

Amble Mayor Jane Dargue said: “The book provides an interesting historical record of the town and we wanted to use it to the town’s advantage by raising money for the war memorial.

“The war memorial was built using public subscriptions, so it seems fitting that people are now contributing towards the repairs.

One of the scenes featured in the book.

One of the scenes featured in the book.

“I know that Amble has changed so much over the years, but what struck me when looking at some of the pictures is just how much hasn’t changed and the old Amble is still very much here. That said, there are some old pictures which you look at and you say ‘wow, was that really there’.”

She has thanked everyone who helped with the book, including Mary and Andy Sim, Bart Rippon, Linda Crackett, Michael Lewis and Coun Martin Horn.

The book is priced £8, with £2 from each sale going towards the War Memorial Repair Fund. It is available to buy from Amble’s two post offices, the town council offices and the Seafood Centre at the Harbour Village.