John Caffery has continued with his research over the last few months and we are so pleased to say that he has found the location of Ronald Keith White’s Grave, which is in Selby Cemetery in Yorkshire. With this discovery we now know the final resting place of all of the victims of the Jarrow Train Disaster further information of Ronald Keith White
It appears that every month a piece of an ever increasing jigsaw appears for us. At the weekend a post on South Shields – Ancestors in old photographs from Stephanie Thomas sent us off to look at the Harton Cemetery M.I. Index on The Family and Local History Website of John Bage (you can see more here) We have been looking for information about the burial sites for Thomas Winter and Ronald Keith White. It was great to find two Thomas Winters on the Index so a walk around Harton Cemetery on a lovely sunny Sunday was a must. We walked around the first section D (there are two!) without success, then off to the second section D, 5 rows down, 5 graves in from the pathway we found what we were looking for. We are still looking for Ronald Keith White – he is not on the Harton list. We think he may be somewhere in Yorkshire as he came from Pontefract. We will keep on looking. .
John Caffery has been doing a bit more research and a trip to Sunderland Library has proved fruitful with the staff finding books with more details of John Wright Johnson Snr. They also found a Memorial service for both John Wright Johnson Snr and John Wright Johnson Jnr, with photographs too.
We had a great evening last night at The Royalty Theatre in Sunderland where a group of volunteers performed a rehearsed read through of a version of Rule 55 for the stage. It was great to see and very useful for us to look at what we need to do to enable it to be a stage play. Many thanks to all that took part.
We are pleased and proud to say that a memorial has now been erected commemorating the victims of the St Bede’s Junction Rail Crash in Harton Cemetery. It was blessed by The Reverend Gilly Maude and unveiled by the Mayor of South Tyneside. There was press coverage by the Newcastle Chronicle and Shields Gazette, as well as Tyne Tees News, Made in Tyne and Wear and BBC Look North.
Newcastle Chronicle Article
Shields Gazette Article
Well our first broadcast of RULE 55 was on Friday 11th December, followed by a day of broadcast on 17th December including interviews with Lilly Moon and Lorna Windham, John Caffery and Rob Langham. Keep your eyes peeled for repeats over the Holidays on Hive Radio
On Hive Radio tonight the first broadcast of RULE 55 will go out at 7pm. you can listen at http://hiveradio.org/
Hope you enjoy it
We are having a really busy time at the moment, editing and getting ready for the broadcast on 11th and 17th December. We have also been filmed by the BBC for a piece that went out on Look North last night. Exciting times!
Yesterday we started the recording of the drama with some fantastic volunteers sounding amazing.
And we will be at the Newcastle Book Festival on 24th November to talk about Rule 55
Exciting times as we are auditioning for the play this week, we thought you might like to hear a short snippet, from our first reading a couple of months ago.