Jarrow author is set to release new book

Jarrow author and photographer Paul Perry.
Jarrow author and photographer Paul Perry.
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An author from South Tyneside is getting set to release his latest book on the history of the town.

Paul Perry, from Jarrow, has just finished his latest work – called Jarrow From Old Photographs – which covers key historical moments in the area through an array of images.

An image from the book, the unveiling of the Viking Statue in 1962.

An image from the book, the unveiling of the Viking Statue in 1962.

The book will be the father-of-two’s 18th historical book, featuring many photographs from his own collection and accompanied by the history behind the image.

The 69-year-old’s book, which is published by Amberley, was finished in six weeks – a feat that Mr Perry, of Raby Gardens, Jarrow says he is proud of. He said: “I started collecting old photographs in 1966 and have collected thousands of photographs in that time.

“Twenty years ago I was asked to write my first book about Jarrow and thought that I would give it a try.

“Since then the books I have written have sold tremendously well and I have been published by five or six different publishers over the last few years.

The Regal Cinema in Grange Road in 1960.

The Regal Cinema in Grange Road in 1960.

“The book is a collection of photographs with captions which include all of the important things that have happened in Jarrow, such as Bede and the Jarrow Crusade. I couldn’t write a book about the town without mentioning those.

“The book spans 100 years from 1880 to 1970 and 1980.

“I am quite proud of it as I managed to do it in such a short space of time.”

The book will be available in major bookstores and Amazon on July 15.

The cover of Paul Perry's latest book.

The cover of Paul Perry's latest book.

Mr Perry is now working on his next book on Tyneside.