Just back from the launch event for North Tyneside Steam subtitled A celebration of the bicentenary of the steam locomotive Blucher, together with the story of its creator George Stephenson in North Tyneside and of steam railways in the area.

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That says it all, really. The book is compiled and edited by Keith Armstrong and Peter Dixon and published by Northern Voices Community Projects. It features creative responses to Stephenson and Blucher by writers and musicians including Christine Goodwin, Rachel Cochrane, Noreen Rees and myself.

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The launch event was held in Killingworth’s White Swan Centre and featured performances by poets plus musicians including The Sawdust Jacks and Northumbrian piper Ann Sessoms.

George Stephenson: Father of the Railways.

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