New book about town’s heritage is launched

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TWO historians have teamed up to write a new book about Swinton’s rich heritage.

Councillor Ken Wyatt and accountant Giles Brearley have collated over 200 pictures showing how residents lived and worked in the town throughout the last century.

They will launch ‘A Swinton Pictorial’ at the Ring O’ Bells pub in Swinton on Wednesday, December 12, from 7-9pm.

Councillor Wyatt said: “Many of the photos in the book have never been seen in the public domain before as they have been donated by people with local connections.

“We have organised the collection in to five themes - road, rail and water, how people & goods were transported around the district; world of work & war, covering working lives & conditions & how the devastating wars of the 20th century affected local people; church & chapel life, covering the important role played by the Christian churches; sporting life & recreation, how people enjoyed their time off and a final catch all section which we have named ‘Around the Town.’

“We hope there is something of interest for everyone.”

Mr Brearley added: “We would like to thank the many local residents who have kindly shared their wonderful photos and allowed publication.

“Also thanks to everyone who has helped especially Swinton heritage researcher Ron James who has been tireless with his detective work.

“We are always interested in obtaining further material for possible future publications if anyone would like to contact us.”

The book costs £10 and is available from Brearley Accountants on Bridge Street, Swinton, other outlets and from the Swinton Heritage Group website.