The clock in the tower at St Mary’s, Blackhill, is 136 years old and in 2015 needed £5000 to be fixed. I met the man who has maintained the clock in secret for the last 25 years. Continue reading Twenty years in the tower!
The contrast between the place she grew up in and Ruth Copeland’s musical career could not be greater. But the incredible story that took a young woman from a college band and a temp job in Consett Iron Company’s Despatch department to playing with some of the greatest musicians, producers and songwriters at the height of their powers in the home of Motown is an incredible tale of talent, struggle, pain and a few moments of brilliance. Continue reading Child of the North – from 2015