I am writing to let you know that the ‘History of Wallsend Boys’ Club’ book will be available to order from this afternoon (October 29/2013).
The compilation of the book has been a true labour of love for Michael McGill and Vince Carrick (Michael Carrick’s father), who researched the rich heritage and history of the Club since it comprised of a series of wooden huts in 1938. Their research even brought them into contact with some of the Founder Members from that era and these wonderful Octogenarians are now reunited with our current generation of Members at Club events.
Margaret Scott penned the text for the book from the abundance of material sourced by Vince and Michael, which also established a connection to an original Wallsend Boys’ Club, based at the Wallsend Café in 1904 – a facility that was similarly used to engage the young Shipyard apprentices in positive leisure time activities.
The production of the book has been made possible by the generous grant provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund and we are convinced that a second edition will be forthcoming once this first edition prompts another wave of stories and memorabilia from the Tyneside public that have grown up with ‘The Boyza’.
Orders during the next month can include a personal dedication from the buyer, which will appear in every printed copy – ideal for those looking to use as a gift for Christmas.
The Club would be enormously grateful if you could help us promote the publication by directing any interested followers to the dedicated website please:
WALLSEND BOYS CLUB