Eileen’s second glance at history

Eileen Hopper with her new book Easington Through the Years
Eileen Hopper with her new book Easington Through the Years

A COMMUNITY stalwart has written her second book about the changing face of a pit village.

Eileen Hopper’s book, called Easington - Through The Years, is a pictorial history of Easington Village and Easington Colliery.

It is a follow-on from the 77-year-old’s previous book, Easington - The Way We Were: A Photographic History and features more pictures and updated information.

Eileen, was born in Sunderland where she met her husband John, 79, a former worker at Hartlepool-based Expanded Metal, at the city’s Rink ballroom.

But she has lived in Easington Village since 1963, where she has taken an active role in community life, including having spent 20 years as chairman of Easington Village Parish Council before stepping down last year.

The grandmother-of-three and former shipyard and Vaux Brewery worker said: “I just love the village, I brought my family up here.

“It was easier writing the second book.

“I got a lot of letters from all over the world about the last one.

“People liked to see the photos and say ‘there’s my auntie’ or ‘I remember that’.”

Eileen, who is mum to Ian, 52, Keith, 49, and Ann, 46, added: “Easington is struggling, with all the shops closing.

“It’s not the same as it used to be, with all the old families.

“But people of Easington are quite resilient and don’t let things get them down.”

The book compares the past and present, and has a section featuring famous faces from the village, including TV presenter Matt Baker.

It has pictures of Matt as a youngster, as well as up-to-date information about his recent time on Strictly Come Dancing.

Premiership footballers Steve Harper and Adam Johnson are also featured, as well as Joe Savage, who was Britain’s second oldest man before he passed away aged 109 in November 2009.

The book, which is £9.99 and published by Summerhill Books, will be launched at Seaton Holme, in Hall Walks, Easington Village, at 11am tomorrow and all are welcome.