Writer pens story of his community

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A BOROUGH author has published a new book about the history of his local community.

Charlie Steel has spent a number of years researching the history of Monkseaton.

And next month he will see the result of his work come to fruition when his latest book Monkseaton Village Volume Two is published.

Charlie said: “Despite the rumours, I have never professed to be an expert on Monkseaton – I still firmly hold that view, however, I do believe that my interest, combined with years of study, backed up by a large collection of photographs and picture postcards, has helped me develop a better knowledge and understanding of its background and its history.

“With that in mind, I have compiled what I consider to be a fairly comprehensive history of the village, much of which has finally been brought together in two books – Monkseaton Village Volume One, published earlier this year, and now Monkseaton Village Volume Two.”

The book completes the story of the area and contains some surprise chapters.

As well as the history of local schools, churches and streets, one of Monkseaton’s adopted sons, Bobby Thompson, is featured.

The legendary Geordie comedian came to live in Monkseaton and was well known in the local pubs and betting shops.

Also in the book is a section on the damage inflicted by Second World War air raids, as well as some of the hidden history of the area that Charlie has discovered in its streets.

Sadly, the community has suffered the tragedy of two incidents of murder and these stories are also included.

The book is being launched at Whitley Bay Library at 2.30pm on Thursday, November 8.

To book a place at the free event, call Whitley Bay Library on (0191) 200 8500 or call into any North Tyneside library.