Dear Consett Magazine readers,

We hope this May will be filled with positivity and good fortunes for you and all the good people of DH8. Thanks again for picking up your free edition of Consett Magazine (remember we aim to spread positive, local news – so if you’ve got a great local story to share, get in touch).

In this edition, you’ll find “The Journey to Consett – A Genealogical Tale” by local historian Brian Harrison on page 4, on page 7 read “How to Start Your Own Business in Consett” – it’s a featured we’ll be including regularly to provide and encourage anyone interested in starting their own business and going self-employed (we want to help Consett businesses to succeed and thrive in our awesome community), on page 8 see some new products from “Kev’s Furniture Recycling & Upcycling”, on page 9 we look at how local business, Shotley Bridge Nursery School became “Millie’s Mark” certified and what it means for the children who attend (plus information about their grand unveiling event), and on Page 10 is “Free Spirit” another intriguing and retrospective piece from everyone’s favourite local writer, Lorraine Weightman.

As you’ll see this on the front cover this month we received a fantastic photo submission sent in by Dale Hazel. Thanks, Dale! If you’d like to have your awesome photography skills featured in the next edition, please email across a nice big high-resolution image to

Have a wonderful day, and remember to pass this magazine to friend or family member when you’re finished with it.

Warmest regards,
Barry Kirkham,
Marco Elsy, and all of the writers,
people, and business sponsors who make
Consett Magazine possible.

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