Hebburn author's tribute to South Tyneside's past in new series of books

A South Tyneside history enthusiast has produced four books filled with photographic history of the area.

Sunday, 6th June 2021, 9:54 am

Hebburn-born Norman Dunn has created pictorial memories – each filled with 300 photos - for everyone from expats to younger people who want to find out more about the area’s past.

Norman already has an online Forum message board called Hebburn and our Neighbours which is ‘a great way for anyone to learn about our local history, ask questions and get answers from me or my knowledgeable regulars’,” he said.

Now he has launched the books which include Good Old Hebburn and Good Old Jarrow.

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Norman Dunn and some of the new books he has published.
Norman Dunn and some of the new books he has published.

"I’ve always been interested in local history and as I’m now in my 70s I enjoy passing on my memories of Old Hebburn,” he said.

Norman - born in June 1944 in Hebburn ‘exactly three weeks after ‘D Day’ – went to St Aloysius School until he was 15 then went to Hebburn Technical College.

"I did an Engineering apprenticeship with the National Coal Board. At the age of 25, I married Jarrow girl Joan Raine and we have had 3 sons and now have five lovely grandchildren. How the years have flown.”

Norman’s message forum already attracts interest from Canada, Australia and Americ. Now he wants to extend his love of the past through his new books which are A4 size, gloss pages with 300 photos in each, as well as local history information.

Two of the four books in Norman's new series.

All of the photos are pictures donated to a Tyneside website Norman used to run.

The books cost £15 each and postage in the UK is £3. To order, email Norman at [email protected] or call him on 07958 120972.

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One of the photos in the book, showing Army Cadets off to camp in the 1960s.
A Coronation party in Cuthbert Street in 1953.
Quay School in 1918 - another of the images in Norman's new book series.
The County Hotel in Hebburn in 1975 - another of the photos in Norman's books.
Ann Street in Hebburn in 1960. The photo features in Norman's new book series.
An extract from one of Norman's books showing Ellison Street in Jarrow in the early 1900s.
Norman Dunn.