Book is back after sell-out

PRINTING AGAIN: Horden parish councillor and Horden Heritage Centre founder Billy Hill (centre) with heritage centre chairman Paul Leak (left) and Co-operative area committee member Coun John Lethbridge (right) who handed over the cheque
PRINTING AGAIN: Horden parish councillor and Horden Heritage Centre founder Billy Hill (centre) with heritage centre chairman Paul Leak (left) and Co-operative area committee member Coun John Lethbridge (right) who handed over the cheque
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A GRANT of almost £1,000 means more copies of an in-demand book which charts a village’s history are on the way.

Horden parish councillor Billy Hill is delighted that a further 250 copies of a book called 100 Years of Horden can be printed.

The 39-page book was written by Councillor Paul Stradling, who represents the village on Durham County Council, to mark the Millennium.

Back then it was a 4,000-copy sell-out and since its launch people have been asking when more would become available.

The book is to be sold at the Horden Heritage Centre, which was set up four years ago. Coun Hill said: “We have a lot of people coming into the centre each week and hundreds of them were asking for the book.

“There are not many copies about, although 4,000 were originally printed.

“We looked into having it reprinted because the people of Horden were asking for it.”

Thanks to a £755 grant from The Co-operative Group Northern Region and a further £200 from the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation (CISWO), 225 copies are now due to be printed in the next few weeks.

The book will be available from the heritage centre, which is based in the rooms above the Green Leaf Cafe, in the village’s Welfare Park.

There are also plans for the Post Office, in Fifth Street, to sell the book, which is priced at £3.

The proceeds from the book will then be ploughed back into the heritage centre, which houses thousands of pictures of Horden in the 1900s and various pieces of memorabilia including miners’ lamps, picks and shovels.

The centre is open every Thursday from 10am to noon.

For more information about the book, or the centre, call Coun Hill on (0191) 5869099.