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Michael Richardson

Durham City: The Ultimate Collection Vol2: 1951-1960

Durham City: The Ultimate Collection Vol2: 1951-1960

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Durham City,The Ultimate Collection, 1951 – 1960, Vol.2, contains almost 500 photographs.This is the first time that such a comprehensive collection has been published to cover a specific period in the life of Durham people in two volumes.

The annual Durham Miners’ Gala is covered in detail. The Regatta, the student ‘Rag’, civic processions, sporting activities and social occasions as well as local personalities going about their business are portrayed.

Events covered include the visit of Her Royal Highness the Princess Margaret in her capacity of Sea Ranger Commodore, May 1951, Coronation events for Queen Elizabeth, June 1953, and the visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra to the regiment DLI.

Those who have an affection for both the city and the miners will welcome this interesting photographic collection. For those who remember and for those who never knew, it tells of great days, and gives poignant recollections of times gone by.

Anyone who lived or worked in the city between these years, or knew someone who did, is likely to recognise familiar faces.

About the Author

Michael Richardson is a well-known local historian and author whose family has lived in the city for over 200 years. His previous books, slide presentations and background knowledge bring to life Durham's rich pictorial past.

He has formed the Gilesgate Archive which has become one of the most important collections relating to Durham and its neighbourhood.

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