About the Book
A few images of many I have taken over the last few years to be viewed as a pictorial record of the town after the demise of the coal mining industry, once the biggest mining village in the world.
Since the closure of the two mines, Woodhorn and Ashington, it has now become an economic cesspit with little investment from central government for recovery and growth that is badly needed.
I chose to portray this in the book with images of closed shops and empty streets. Weeks of getting up early during the light mornings during May/June of 2011 when there was little signs of life.
Over the coming months I will be compiling other volumes made from some of the thousands of images I have.
Born 1951 in Ashington, son of a miner. Educated at Ashington Grammar School 1963-1968 then joined the Royal Navy serving nine years. After leaving the service had various jobs in the manufacturing industry up until 2008 when voluntary redundancy offered me the chance to take early retirement. I took up digital photography in 2004.