Worker writes history of Hartlepool’s Camerons Brewery

Author Marie-Louise McKay with her new book. Picture by FRANK REID

Author Marie-Louise McKay with her new book. Picture by FRANK REID

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A brewery worker has captured the history of her 150-year-old workplace in a book which has taken almost a decade to write.

Marie-Louise McKay started working at Camerons Brewery Visitor Centre 11 years ago.

The 54-year-old mum-of-two quickly became interested in the huge amount of historical facts stored at the site, and thought it would be a good idea to compile the wealth of knowledge into one book.

Marie-Louise, who was born and bred in Hartlepool and now lives on the Fens, got to work on the book, with the approval of brewery chiefs, and after several years has finally had her work printed by another long-standing Hartlepool firm, Atkinson Print, in Church Street.

Marie-Louise said “I started working at Camerons Brewery Visitor Centre in 2004 and immediately noticed the wealth of historical data stored at the brewery.

“I knew that if I was interested then other people would be too, so with the approval and support of my bosses I began to collect and collate the information.

“It’s taken between eight and 10 years to put together, ensuring the validity of facts and gathering pictorial evidence of events.

“I am extremely pleased with the finished product.

“Working together with Graeme Barker and Brian Liddell from Atkinson Print, we have turned my raw manuscript into this beautiful book. It looks great.”

The book can be bought from Camerons Brewery Visitor Centre, in Stockton Street, or from Atkinson Print, for £12.