Book aims to celebrate village’s war heroes

Blackhall's local history group, seen here at a past event.
Blackhall's local history group, seen here at a past event.

The heroic past of some East Durham villagers is set to be brought back to life with the help of a new book.

Blackhall Heroes is the latest work by members of Blackhall’s local history group.

The new book Blackhall Heroes.

The new book Blackhall Heroes.

It chronicles the real-life memoirs of those who fought during the Second World War, the families left behind, those who were taken prisoner of war, and the heartache of those who never saw their loved ones again.

The publication deals with the more intimate tragedies of the war.

The book will be launched on October 10 at a special event at Blackhall Resource Centre, Middle Street.

The event will be opened by the chairman and deputy chairman of Durham County Council.

The project took us six years to complete and including speaking to one family who were living in Malta.

Stan Gray

It will also be attended by Couns Rob Crute and Lynn Pounder, who supported the six-year-long project by the group and helped it to source grants to help make the book possible.

Visitors to the event will be able to chat to those who researched and compiled the book, and find out more about the group itself.

Treasurer Stan Gray said: “We have collated stories from people who were in the war, those who did active service and the families of those who never came home.

“The project took us six years to complete and included speaking to one family who were living in Malta.

“Since we started the book, sadly, a lot of people we’ve spoken to have died.

“It is so important to capture the memories of those who lived during the war and to highlight the stories of the heroes who came from Blackhall.”

The Blackhall Local History Group was formed at a meeting held inBlackhall Colliery library on November 8, 1999, and consisted of 10 members.

The group has produced five groups based on the area of Blackhall from the mining era and the breakout of World War One.

The group is currently on the lookout for new members to join.