Looking back at vet Mr Newbery
This picture of Mr Newbery was taken in Whitley Bay.
Mr Newbery was born in Hitchin in Hertfordshire in 1845. His first occupation was that of a jockey, but he had to give it up when he became overweight. He then became a vet.
He came to Whitley Bay in 1878 as a coachman to William Lambert, of Whitley Hall. He lived in the lodge at the corner of Whitley Road and Victoria Terrace until the hall grounds were developed.
In later years he became the village lamplighter and used to make his rounds of the lamps, followed by a pack of terriers.
He used to dock puppies by biting through their tails at 6p a time.
He died in 1923 and was buried in St Paul’s Whitley Bay.
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