Raising a glass to new book

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A new local book is being launched to remember the golden age of pubs and hotels in North Shields, Tynemouth, Cullercoats and Whitley Bay.

North Shields Public Houses, Inns & Taverns Part Two’ completes the story of the area’s pubs by local author and historian Charlie Steel.

Part One of the series covered the pubs in the centre of North Shields. This second volume includes the many public houses, inns and taverns in the surrounding area.

For Charlie, the book has been a labour of love.

He said: “I have spent thousands of hours of research, trawling through old directories and licensing records to compile what I consider to be a fairly comprehensive of all the inns, taverns, alehouses, hotels and beer sellers recorded in these areas from 1822 to the present day.

“This book features the coastal area of North Tyneside and the nearby villages which include Percy Main, Chirton, and Preston along with neighbouring Tynemouth, Cullercoats, Whitley Bay, Monkseaton and Earsdon, and, because of their close proximity, I have also included those villages just over the North Tyneside boundary, namely Old Hartley, Seaton Sluice, Seaton Delaval and Holywell.”

The book is a history of the local pub and brewing trade spanning almost two centuries and Charlie brings the story up to date by including the many pubs that have closed in recent years and the changing nature of how we drink in this country.

It will be launched at the Grand Hotel, Tynemouth on Friday, October 18, at 2pm.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend.

The book costs £9.99 and will be on sale at Keel Row Books and I Love Office Supplies in North Shields; Robinson’s, Grainger Market, Newcastle; Waterstones and local libraries and from www.summerhillbooks.co.uk