Heritage club’s tribute to alternative historian

TRIBUTE TALK ... Dave Walker aka 'alternative historian' Erasmus Bottle, who died last September.
TRIBUTE TALK ... Dave Walker aka 'alternative historian' Erasmus Bottle, who died last September.

A TRIBUTE will be paid to a much-loved local character when the next Wednesday Heritage Club talk takes place in South Tyneside tomorrow.

‘Remembering Dave – a tribute to David Walker, Local Historian’ will look at the life and career of David Walker – known to many as the Alternative Historian, Erasmus Bottle.

Mr Walker died last September.

His cousin, Alan Walker, will be talking about Dave’s early life in South Shields, his career at the BBC in London and locally, his books and monologues and his theatrical connections and, of course, how Erasmus was born.

The club meets at 2pm in the Central Library Theatre, South Shields, and many humorous anecdotes about Mr Walker’s life will be interwoven into Alan’s illustrated talk.

Mr Walker had a serious side and worked in partnership with South Tyneside Libraries to produce, among other things, a series of aural history tapes covering such diverse topics as whaling, an ARP Warden’s memories from the Second World War, South Shields Town Hall, Mowbray School and the Steamboat pub at the Mill Dam.

Although Dave Walker appeared many times at the Wednesday Heritage Club as Erasmus Bottle, the tribute afternoon will present an opportunity for people to see the results of some of Dave’s serious research as well as to hear his BBC voice in two of his local history presentations made in co-operation with Library staff.

Tickets for ‘Remembering Dave’ cost £1 each and are available from the reference department at the Central Library or call 424 7864 to reserve a ticket or get further details.

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