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New book tells the complete story of Whitley Bay's Spanish City

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New book tells the complete story of Whitley Bay's Spanish City
North Tyneside Council
Published on 22 Oct 2018

A new book, The Dome of Memories, will tell the story of the famous Spanish City Pleasure Buildings in Whitley Bay from 1906 to 2018.

Published by North Tyneside Council, written by Mick Sharp, and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, it will be on sale from Thursday 25 October in all North Tyneside libraries, Keel Row Books in North Shields and from Spanish City.

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New book tells the complete story of Whitley Bay's Spanish City
North Tyneside Council
Published on 22 Oct 2018

A new book, The Dome of Memories, will tell the story of the famous Spanish City Pleasure Buildings in Whitley Bay from 1906 to 2018.

Published by North Tyneside Council, written by Mick Sharp, and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, it will be on sale from Thursday 25 October in all North Tyneside libraries, Keel Row Books in North Shields and from Spanish City.

https://youtu.be/q78XI9hvAEc

A 'much revised' version of Mick's 2011 book.

Looking forward to reading it . . .

 

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Book writes new chapter on Dome's history

Press release from North Tyneside Council @ https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/news/22086/book-writes-new-chapter-domes-history
Book writes new chapter on Dome's history
23 October 2018



A revised and updated book will tell the complete story of the iconic Spanish City from its beginnings to the recent historic reopening.

North Tyneside Council opened the doors to the beautifully-restored building in July with nearly 16,000 people stepping foot inside over two days ahead of its reopening.

The new edition of The Dome of Memories celebrates the hugely successful and memorable opening weekend and gives readers the most comprehensive history of this much-loved venue.

Published by North Tyneside Council, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and written by Mick Sharp, of Black Dog Design, it is a follow-up to the original book released in 2011 which followed a major exhibition at the Dome attended by more than 15,500 people.

The revised version captures the essence of that unique exhibition and adds new and previously unseen stories, research and images.

There is also a fascinating insight into the outstanding programme of restoration, culminating in the Dome’s renaissance.

Mick said: “We are really over the moon with the new edition of the book. We have seen a tremendous renewal of Spanish City and the book captures this remarkable story. We have photos that people haven’t seen before plus more stories of the families and people associated with the Spanish City. The book tells the story the buildings, the people and a shared ambition to sustain a venue that is central to the history of the Whitley Bay leisure experience.”

He added: “Hopefully, the book will revive quite a lot of memories for people.”

North Tyneside Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn CBE, who wrote the book’s foreword, said: “The book is a fantastic way to capture the Dome’s history and its stunning regeneration.

“It’s a high quality publication, which will be of interest to anyone who has visited the restored Spanish City, has fond memories of the Dome or simply wants to know more about its history. I am delighted that we have been able to work with the author Mick and the Heritage Lottery Fund to create something that tells the complete story of the Spanish City restoration project, which is at the heart of our ambitious work to revitalise the coast.”

The Dome of Memories will be on sale for £10 from a number of council buildings including Customer First Centres and libraries and St Mary's Lighthouse. Copies will also be available from Keel Row Bookshop in North Shields and at Spanish City.

https://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/news/22086/book-writes-new-chapter-domes-history

Given the quality of the book and the fact that it is a sizeable 174 pages, the price tag of £10 is amazing.
 

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Jarrow at Work People and Industries Through the Years

Jarrow at Work People and Industries Through the Years
By Paul Perry



https://www.amberley-books.com/discover-books/transport-industry/engineering-and-industrial/jarrow-at-work.html
Jarrow has a rich history going back well over a thousand years, but the town is best known for its long-term association with shipbuilding. Charles Mark Palmer established a shipyard – Palmers Shipbuilding and Iron Company – in 1852 and became the first armour-plate manufacturer in the world. John Bowes, the first iron screw collier, revived the Tyne coal trade, and Palmers was responsible for building the first modern cargo ship as well as a number of notable warships. Palmers employed as much as 80 per cent of the town’s working population until its closure in 1933.

Jarrow at Work explores the life of this Tyneside town and its people, from pre-industrial beginnings through to the present day, in a fascinating series of contemporary photographs and illustrations. It takes us through the phenomenal growth of the shipbuilding industry in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, its subsequent decline and brief revival during the First World War when the Royal Navy needed more ships, post-war nationalisation of the shipbuilding industry, the closure of the last shipyard in the town in 1981, and finally how the town is coping today with the loss of such a major part of its history.
Book ISBN 9781445683898
Book Format Paperback
Pages 96 pages
Publication Date 15 Oct 2018
Height 234
Width 165
Illustrations 150
 

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CUSTOM HOUSE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
A W Purdue & R M Pears
Trinity Chambers
2018.


This is an excellent book, about a subject that is close to my heart

Custom House, 39 Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, was the Head Office (for the entire Northern Region) for HM Customs & Excise, from 1766 to 1997. I was lucky enough to work there in the 1990s, but sadly I was also the 'Estates Manager' who had to close the building down in 1997. The Newcastle Region had "merged" with the nearby Leeds Region, and the Regional Director had chosen Leeds as the new Headquarters of the merged region. This was a major disappointment to me and many others, as a large number of high quality jobs were moved out of Newcastle and into Leeds.

Producing this new book about Custom House was a little bit of compensation for me, as I was able to supply a lot of unique information to the two authors (Richard Pears and Bill Purdue) and found myself working with the excellent author and historian, Richard Pears, quite a bit to best utilise this information.

Presently, this book is only available at "Trinity Chambers" (the new owners of Custom House) and they use it for their clients only. It is intended that a (probably longer) version of the book will be published for the public, within the next few years.













 

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Angels of the North: Notable Women of the North East

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Angels of the North
Joyce Quin & Moira Kilkenny
Tyne Bridge Publishing
2018.



2018 marks the centenary of the year when (some) women in Britain were allowed to vote for the first time. It is also the year of the `Great Exhibition of the North' when we are reflecting on the North's past successes, drawing on these for future inspiration and aiming to encourage the aspirations of our young people, girls and boys.

The book 'Angels of the North' by Joyce Quin & Moira Kilkenny, highlights forty women who are either from the North-East - or have strong connections to it.

Some of these women are household names whereas others have significant achievements to their credit but are in danger of being forgotten. All of them are women to be proud of. The forty women cover many fields - the arts, politics, science, women's rights, business and sheer heroism.

The book focuses on the successes, achievements and ambitions of these women, noting collaborations, friendships and common goals. It also underlines that north east women were the pioneers in many of these fields. The first `feminist literature' was written by a north-east woman, one of our women caused the first national `media frenzy', we had the first female cabinet minister and the first national beauty queen. Many of the women featured fought for women's rights and were suffragettes - it's important to record the role northern women played in that struggle, perhaps providing more energy, passion and sheer determination than other regions.

Northerners may not be given to self-promotion and are not given to boasting, also in a Britain dominated by London-based media the North's achievements and accomplishments often seem to get overlooked. This book is a timely reminder and a celebration of some of our country's most remarkable and truly inspiring women.
Press release from Northumberland County Council @ https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/News/2018/Nov/Angels-of-the-North-Notable-Women-of-the-North-Ea.aspx
Angels of the North: Notable Women of the North East
15 Nov 2018



To mark the centenary of the year that (some) women in Britain were allowed the vote, Warkworth authors Baroness Joyce Quinn and Moira Kilkenny will be exploring the remarkable lives of some of the women of the North East at Amble Library on Friday 7 December, 7.00 -8.30 p.m.

Taken from their book Angels of the North: Notable Women of the North East, Joyce and Moira will focus on some of the women who fought for women’s right and suffrage before switching attention to the First World War and the varied roles of women in this conflict.

Find out how Joyce and Moira came together to write this book that highlights forty women from many fields- the arts, politics, science, women’s rights, business and sheer heroism - and how they selected their final women for inclusion.

Signed copies of ‘ Angels of the North’ will be available to purchase on the night.

Tea/Coffee & mince pies will be included in the £4 ticket price.

Tickets are available in advance from Northumberland Libraries Events | Eventbrite

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/News/2018/Nov/Angels-of-the-North-Notable-Women-of-the-North-Ea.aspx
 

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Periodic List of Books Reviewed on this thread - List 20.


An updated LIST OF BOOKS is produced and posted on this thread after every 25 new book reviews.

The purpose of this periodic listing is to help to make searching for a particular book or subject, on this now VERY LONG thread, just that little bit easier.



List 20 - Books 551 to 575 . . .


551. One Hundred and Twenty Five Years United - Newcastle United FC
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=143998822&postcount=1190
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=142118336&postcount=2095
552. North East to South West By Rail In The 1980s - Colin Alexander
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=144355093&postcount=1194
553. Hadrian's Wall: Archaeology and History at the Limit of Rome's Empire - Nick Hodgson
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=144620125&postcount=1196
554. Defensive Northumberland - Colin Alexander
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=145429685&postcount=1197
555. The Boy on the Shed - Paul Ferris
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=145479456&postcount=1198
556. Newcastle: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England - Paul Perry
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=145897255&postcount=1200
557. A-Z of Jarrow: Places, People, History - Paul Perry
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=146882325&postcount=1201
558. Seven Bridges: A DCI Ryan Mystery - LJ Ross
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=146906595&postcount=1202
559. George Stephenson: The remarkable life of the founder of the railways - Hunter Davies
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=147748235&postcount=1203
560. A-Z of Newcastle: Places, People, History - Ken Hutchinson
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=148939643&postcount=1204
561. Uncovering Gateshead (Book One) - Sandra Brack & Bob Dixon
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=148946335&postcount=1205
562. This is Morpeth: An anthology of local verse - Various Local Poets
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=149750611&postcount=1206
563. Gateshead in 50 Buildings - Rob Kirkup
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=150512861&postcount=1207
564. Tyneside Road and Rail Services - Paul Williams
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=150656891&postcount=1208
565. Soul of a University - Professor Chris Brink (Former Newcastle University Vice-Chancellor)
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=151146187&postcount=1209
566. Around Newcastle & Tyneside in the 1970s - Dave Morton
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=151177155&postcount=1210
567. 50 Gems of Northumberland - Steve Ellwood
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=151181339&postcount=1211
568. Emily's Longhorsley - Margaret Scott
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=151845438&postcount=1212
569. Newcastles of the World: The history, culture and diversity of places called Newcastle - Sue Wilson
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=152134494&postcount=1214
570. To The Glory of God : Newcastle United & The Great War - Paul Joannou
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=152422954&postcount=1217
571. Angels of the North - Joyce Quin & Moira Kilkenny
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=152858964&postcount=1220
572. Dome of Memories: Whitley Bay Spanish City Dome (Revised 2nd Edition) - Mick Sharp
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=153426190&postcount=1221
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=153428368&postcount=1222
573. Jarrow At Work - Paul Perry
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=153709450&postcount=1224
574. NEWCASTLE: A City Born to Shop - Ruth Rogerson
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=153961072&postcount=1225
575. Custom House, Newcastle upon Tyne - A W Purdue & R M Pears
https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=154004008&postcount=1226
Current END of Book Reviews List.



Previous Periodic Lists, posted earlier in this thread, can be found at . . .

List 01 - Book Reviews 001 to 092 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=72608913&postcount=152
List 02 - Book Reviews 093 to 116 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=75572613&postcount=194
List 03 - Book Reviews 117 to 140 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=77652315&postcount=223
List 04 - Book Reviews 141 to 166 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=82651556&postcount=298
List 05 - Book Reviews 167 to 200 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=87026068&postcount=372
List 06 - Book Reviews 201 to 225 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=90745973&postcount=436
List 07 - Book Reviews 226 to 250 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=92932548&postcount=509
List 08 - Book Reviews 251 to 275 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=96378121&postcount=582
List 09 - Book Reviews 276 to 300 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=98678334&postcount=649
List 10 - Book Reviews 301 to 325 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=100887411&postcount=716
List 11 - Book Reviews 326 to 350 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=105982141&postcount=789
List 12 - Book Reviews 351 to 375 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=113169456&postcount=862
List 13 - Book Reviews 376 to 400 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=117934209&postcount=938
List 14 - Book Reviews 401 to 425 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=124077071&postcount=974
List 15 - Book Reviews 426 to 450 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=128357035&postcount=1016
List 16 - Book Reviews 451 to 475 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=133890878&postcount=1059
List 17 - Book Reviews 476 to 500 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=137409599&postcount=1111
List 18 - Book Reviews 501 to 525 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=141777731&postcount=1149
List 19 - Book Reviews 526 to 550 : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=143884269&postcount=1189




Also, a FULL list of ALL books reviewed on this thread can always be found on the INDEX THREAD under "B" for Books, see link below . . .

Index - All Book Reviews from 001 to Latest : https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=89389221&postcount=7 .('Scroll Down' this page, to BOOKS.)

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The Amazing Journey
A book by Matthew Watson-Broughton, about Newcastle United winning the Fairs Cup in 1969.



Read about "the mighty Wyn" and his impact on Dutch Total Football.

Read about how opposing players started a fire inside St James’ Park during a game.

Read about how Newcastle United handed Europe’s very best team a remarkable cup-final thrashing.

These are just three of the incredible stories we discover as we tour Europe with the men who defied the odds and brought home the Inter Cities Fairs Cup fifty years ago this year (2019).

The reader is a "fly on the wall" at the club’s celebration banquet, listening in to players’ conversations as they relive their sensational year of glory. Nostalgia and insight pour from the pages as we read this unique account of that famous 1968/69 season, based on dozens of interviews with players, journalists and fans and a huge number of contemporary media sources.

So step back in time with us and discover how Bob Moncur and his men felt as, match-by-match, they CONQUERED EUROPE.

Source - https://techto.co.uk/



NB : we already have a great deal of information, photos and memorabilia about Newcastle United 1969 Fairs cup win, here on the forum, at this link. This link also includes details from two other books about that 1969 European triumph. Click Here - https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=55836819&postcount=942

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A New Book about Fenwick's Famous Department Store.
ChronicleLIVE, 30th September 2019.

Christopher Fenwick's book "The Story of Fenwick and its Family" will have an official launch in the City Centre Bookstore, Waterstones, in October.

For 137 years the Fenwick Department Store has shared in the lives of generations of North East families. For many, no shopping trip would be complete without a visit to the flagship Newcastle department store's Food Hall, or tea with friends in its sedate Tivoli restaurant, while children always make a bee-line for the toy department. Of course, it has a role all its own over the festive season, as hundreds of thousands of people make their annual pilgrimage to see its famous Christmas window display.

The man to thank for that innovation is Christopher Fenwick who, for more than 30 of those 137 years, was a director at the family firm, focusing on marketing and development. The now retired 82-year-old has written The Story of Fenwick and its Family which, for the first time, brings to colourful life the history of the iconic Department Store in Northumberland Street which has earned its place in local people's hearts by tapping in to ever-changing needs and tastes and never forgetting its roots. Christopher's book is a detailed history of Fenwick and how it has developed over the years in order to stay ahead of the game.

Read More / See Images - https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/creator-fenwicks-christmas-window-reveals-16969310?utm_source=chronicle_live_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=EM_ChronicleLive_Nletter_DailyNews_WhatsOn_smallteaser_Text_Sto1&utm_campaign=daily_newsletter


I have also been sent this photo by a friend, taken at Waterstones . . .

 

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The Book of Newcastle
Angela Readman and Zoe Turner
Comma Press
2020



Featuring Jessica Andrews, Julia Darling, Crista Ermiya, Chrissie Glazebrook, J. A. Mensah, Sean O'Brien, Angela Readman, Glynis Reed, Degna Stone & Margaret Wilkinson.

The original Northern Powerhouse, Newcastle upon Tyne has witnessed countless transformations over the last century or so, from its industrial heyday, when Tyneside engineering and innovation led the world, through decades of post-industrial decline, and underinvestment, to its more recent reinvention as the major cultural destination of Northern England.

The ten short stories gathered here all feature characters in search of something, a new reality, a space, perhaps, in which to rediscover themselves: from the call-centre worker imagining herself far away from the claustrophobic realities of her day job, to the woman coming to terms with an ex-lover who’s moved on all too quickly, to the man trying to outrun his mother’s death on Town Moor.

The Book of Newcastle brings together some of the city’s most renowned literary talents, along with exciting new voices, proving that while Newcastle continues to feel the effects of its lost industrial past, it is also a city striving for a future that brims with promise.

REVIEWS . . .

One of Stylist Magazine's '10 books everyone will be reading in January 2020', Featuring Portico Prize winning author Jessica Andrews!

One of The Irish Times' 'Books to Watch Out for in 2020'

As featured in Wasafiri Magazine's 'Writing Britain Now' series.

Read an interview with co-editor Angela Readman at The State of the Arts.
'This collection has scouted out some of the finest story-tellers of the region, and strung their prose together.'

'If you have a spare ten minutes in your day, find out a little more about a city in the north of our country that has been somewhat neglected, through engaging and easy-reading narrative.' -

Number 9 - 'I unwittingly tore through this collection in little over a day, which is undeniable testament to its vibrancy, virtuosity and command.'

Bright Star Book Blog - 'Great writing has the ability to touch the reader, and the words of these authors definitely stay with you long after you've put the book down.'

Cathy Castling - 'The diverse voices, characters and subject matter in the collection strive to prove our interconnected nature... I urge everyone to buy this book, whether familair with Newcastle or not'

What Kate Read Next - 'A stunning collection of writing... each story is clever, memorable and moving'
 

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This collection of stories (above) is very good and well worth the effort of finding. My criticism would be that they are front-loaded but it would be easy enough to start with the last one and to read through the book from last to first. Four and a half stars out of five.
 

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The Book of Newcastle
Angela Readman and Zoe Turner
Comma Press
2020



Featuring Jessica Andrews, Julia Darling, Crista Ermiya, Chrissie Glazebrook, J. A. Mensah, Sean O'Brien, Angela Readman, Glynis Reed, Degna Stone & Margaret Wilkinson.

The original Northern Powerhouse, Newcastle upon Tyne has witnessed countless transformations over the last century or so, from its industrial heyday, when Tyneside engineering and innovation led the world, through decades of post-industrial decline, and underinvestment, to its more recent reinvention as the major cultural destination of Northern England.

The ten short stories gathered here all feature characters in search of something, a new reality, a space, perhaps, in which to rediscover themselves: from the call-centre worker imagining herself far away from the claustrophobic realities of her day job, to the woman coming to terms with an ex-lover who’s moved on all too quickly, to the man trying to outrun his mother’s death on Town Moor.

The Book of Newcastle brings together some of the city’s most renowned literary talents, along with exciting new voices, proving that while Newcastle continues to feel the effects of its lost industrial past, it is also a city striving for a future that brims with promise.

REVIEWS . . .

One of Stylist Magazine's '10 books everyone will be reading in January 2020', Featuring Portico Prize winning author Jessica Andrews!

One of The Irish Times' 'Books to Watch Out for in 2020'

As featured in Wasafiri Magazine's 'Writing Britain Now' series.

Read an interview with co-editor Angela Readman at The State of the Arts.
'This collection has scouted out some of the finest story-tellers of the region, and strung their prose together.'

'If you have a spare ten minutes in your day, find out a little more about a city in the north of our country that has been somewhat neglected, through engaging and easy-reading narrative.' -

Number 9 - 'I unwittingly tore through this collection in little over a day, which is undeniable testament to its vibrancy, virtuosity and command.'

Bright Star Book Blog - 'Great writing has the ability to touch the reader, and the words of these authors definitely stay with you long after you've put the book down.'

Cathy Castling - 'The diverse voices, characters and subject matter in the collection strive to prove our interconnected nature... I urge everyone to buy this book, whether familair with Newcastle or not'

What Kate Read Next - 'A stunning collection of writing... each story is clever, memorable and moving'
This arrived last week, I need to get my eyes buried into it.
 

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I have just heard the sad news of the passing of David Lovie. He was the conservation officer at Newcastle City Council during my time there. Others may know of him as the author of many books about Newcastle and Grainger Town.

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I have just heard the sad news of the passing of David Lovie. He was the conservation officer at Newcastle City Council during my time there. Others may know of him as the author of many books about Newcastle and Grainger Town.

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Very sorry to hear that. Although I didn't know him personally, he was involved in some projects that I was involved with and also enjoyed his publications.
 

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'He couldn't live without her' - Newcastle history book author Geoff Phillips dies of 'broken heart'
Geoff Phillips, of East Boldon, died at the age of 73 and his daughter says he died of a broken heart after his wife, June, died last year


His love of local history was infectious as he shared the old and new of Newcastle.


But now established Tyneside author Geoff Phillips has died at the age of 73 of a ‘broken heart’.



Geoff was brought up on Tyneside in the 1960s and took up his father’s interest in music and local history.


And he wrote a collection of books on Newcastle in the ‘Past and Present’ and ‘Then and Now’ series.


He got the idea after Geoff’s late father, Jack Phillips, had an extensive collection of photographs dating back as far as the 1840s.


One of the most fascinating aspects of Jack’s collection was the pairing of old and new photographs, where he had replicated the camera angles to show how the city had changed over the years.



And in the 1990s, Geoff embarked on the same exercise, once again duplicating the viewpoints and camera positions as far as possible.


And he came up with a winning series that intrigued Geordie history lovers across the world.



Daughter Christine Hardcastle, 44, of Ripon, North Yorkshire, said: “I think he died of a broken heart.


"His wife June died on August 3 last year and I think he just couldn’t live without her. He never got over her passing away, he remained really upset with the death of June."

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'He couldn't live without her' - Newcastle history book author Geoff Phillips dies of 'broken heart'
Geoff Phillips, of East Boldon, died at the age of 73 and his daughter says he died of a broken heart after his wife, June, died last year


His love of local history was infectious as he shared the old and new of Newcastle.


But now established Tyneside author Geoff Phillips has died at the age of 73 of a ‘broken heart’.



Geoff was brought up on Tyneside in the 1960s and took up his father’s interest in music and local history.


And he wrote a collection of books on Newcastle in the ‘Past and Present’ and ‘Then and Now’ series.


He got the idea after Geoff’s late father, Jack Phillips, had an extensive collection of photographs dating back as far as the 1840s.


One of the most fascinating aspects of Jack’s collection was the pairing of old and new photographs, where he had replicated the camera angles to show how the city had changed over the years.



And in the 1990s, Geoff embarked on the same exercise, once again duplicating the viewpoints and camera positions as far as possible.


And he came up with a winning series that intrigued Geordie history lovers across the world.



Daughter Christine Hardcastle, 44, of Ripon, North Yorkshire, said: “I think he died of a broken heart.


"His wife June died on August 3 last year and I think he just couldn’t live without her. He never got over her passing away, he remained really upset with the death of June."

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Very sad news.

Geoff was a member of this Forum, and we discussed his books numerous times, here on the BOOKS Thread, see the below extract from the INDEX THREAD . . .

PHILLIPS, GEOFF - LOCAL AUTHOR . . .

Tyneside Then and Now - A BOOK by Geoff Phillips
BOOKS - about Newcastle and the North East
Newcastle Past & Present, Millenium Edition - A BOOK by Geoff Phillips (With photos by Jack Phillips)
BOOKS - about Newcastle and the North East
Newcastle: Then & Now - A BOOK by Geoff Phillips (With photos from the Steve Wood Collection)
BOOKS - about Newcastle and the North East
Newcastle Past & Present - A BOOK by Geoff Phillips/Jack Phillips
BOOKS - about Newcastle and the North East
Newcastle Past & Present: Special Edition - A BOOK by Geoff Phillips/Jack Phillips
BOOKS - about Newcastle and the North East
Tyneside PUBS: Past & Present - A BOOK by Geoff Phillips/Jack Phillips
BOOKS - about Newcastle and the North East
Tyneside's Bygone Boozers - A BOOK by Geoff Phillips
BOOKS - about Newcastle and the North East
Old Pubs of Newcastle - A BOOK by Geoff Phillips
BOOKS - about Newcastle and the North East
When we were Kids: Growing up in North East England in the 1950s and 1960s - A BOOK by Geoff Phillips
BOOKS - about Newcastle and the North East
Memories of Tyne Tees Television - A BOOK by Geoff Phillips

BOOKS - about Newcastle and the North East
 

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This is from the Chronicle Online, posted here as an image without an extract from the paper.

It just reminds me of Geoff Phillips, the person. I am proud to own all his books that are featured in this image . . .

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Yes very sad news about Geoff's passing, I last saw him about 6 months ago and he really hadn't got over the death of June.

Geoff and his father Jack did a lot for Tyneside's heritage with their range of books and photographic recording of the area.

Some folk may not realise but Geoff's books were all self published.
 
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