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2022 Catalogue features four new talks

Ready for a return to some form of ‘normality,’ I have introduced four new talks for 2022. 

‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ looks at how we coped with everything from The Plague, to two World Wars, the Spanish Flu pandemic (1918), the General Strike of 1926, the Three-Day Working Week (1974) to Foot & Mouth (2001) and right up to COVID-19.

‘Unsung Lancastrians’ highlights many men and women in the County over the years whose stories have never been told – from entrepreneurs, Suffragettes, social campaigners, newspaper editors, soldiers and even a President of FIFA. 

‘Historic Chorley’ tells the story of the Lancashire Borough of Chorley from its market in 1498 taking in some of its personalities over the years.

My railway talks are always popular, so I have added ‘Dales Rails’ which takes a journey along the railway line through the Ribble Valley and then up the historic and scenic Settle to Carlisle line.

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Another Lancashire railway talk

Steve presenting his railway talk

I presented my talk ‘Railways around Chorley’ at two Lancashire Libraries in April and May.

Both events, at Eccleston and Euxton libraries near Chorley, were well attended.

On Sunday, 14th July I presented an illustrated talk about the railway through the villages of Brindle and Hoghton on the Blackburn to Preston line at Hoghton Village Hall, where around 40 people attended.

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Showing Chorley’s MP around the Somme battlefield

Steve with Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP on the Somme

For two days last September I had the pleasure of showing my Member of Parliament, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, around the WW1 Somme battlefield in northern France. 

Sir Lindsay paid respects and laid a wreath on the grave of a local Victoria Cross winner,  James Miller.

We both laid wreaths at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, as well as laying a wreath at the Chorley Pals plaque in the front line trenches at Serre.

Other sites visited included the Lochnager Crater at La Boiselle, Flat Iron Copse Cemetery at Mametz Wood and Heilly Station Cemetery – the latter two being the final resting place of a number of Chorley men.

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New talks and brochure for 2019

4 Tins

I have added five new talks for 2019.

These are: Four Tins, Along the canal towpath, Dunkirk, Lancashire men on the Death Railway and Hitler’s Atlantic Wall.

Popular talks such as A Mother’s tears (about the First World War) and Lakeland Lines (about railways in the Lake District) are retained.

My talk Nowt but a Lad, introduced in 2017, has gone down well with a wide cross section of groups.

You can see my full list of talks and download my new brochure by going to the Talks page.

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New talks, brochure & charges for 2018

I have added four new talks for 2018. Ready for the 100th anniversary of the WW1 Armistice I have introduced “The road to the Armistice”. Continuing with the military and social history theme, I have introduced “What did you do in the War, Daddy?” with stories from WW1, WW2, the Korean War, the Falklands and Afghanistan. For rail enthusiasts, I have introduced “Railways around Chorley” and also on the local history I feature two lancashire villages of Brindle and Hoghton (near Chorley) in a new talk “Two Lancashire villages – then and now”.

Popular talks such as “A Mother’s tears” (about the First World War) and “Lakeland Lines” (about railways in the Lake District) are retained. My talk “Nowt but a Lad”, introduced in 2017, has gone down well with a wide cross section of groups.

You can see my full list of talks and download my new brochure by going to the Talks page.