North Sunderland and Seahouses WI, June meeting

Katrina Porteous with her book 'Limekilns and Lobsterpots' which is about Beadnell.
Katrina Porteous with her book 'Limekilns and Lobsterpots' which is about Beadnell.

The guest at the June meeting of North Sunderland and Seahouses WI, in the Social Club, Seahouses, was Katrina Porteous, pictured, from Beadnell.

She gave us an interesting hour of local history and poems as she has spent many hours among the elderly fisherpeople in Beadnell, listening to their lifestyle of years ago when the main industry of the day was fishing.

Katrina had also listened to the history of life in the 19th century and houses in those days.

She has written many interesting books and poems, some in the Northumbrian dialect.

The story of fishing has gone back through the centuries. The main area nowadays is from Holy Island to Boulmer. She also mentioned that the dialect contains a little of Celtic, Anglo Saxon, Dutch and Viking. The fishing in years gone by consisted of herring and crabs. Katrina explained the system of long lines of bait.

Her books also cover the East Durham coalfields and mining area.

The vote of thanks was given by Val Hart. She thanked Katrina for giving us an insight into the life of years ago and how the people lived.

After a short break with tea and biscuits, we followed with the minutes of the previous meeting plus correspondence and future dates.

These dates include croquet at Newcastle in August; the harvest festival in September; a craft taster day at Wall on September 19; the darts and dominoes competition; and lunch at Stannington on September 17.

The village show is on Saturday, September 5, in the Community Centre.

Our last lunch was at Eglingham and our next one will be at the Horse Shoes,Rennington on June 27. A coach is being organised to Harrogate WI’s centenary.

The date is to be announced for our afternoon strawberry tea in the Methodist Church hall in August.

The competition was won by Ms M Rawlings, Mrs N Milam and Mrs Peggy Wood.The raffle was won by Mrs S Dixon, Ms P Cole and Mrs V Hart.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, July 7, when we will welcome Lizzie Harratt, demonstrating Continental Flower Arrangement. All welcome.