Dear Consett readers,

Thank you for picking up your free Consett Magazine.

It’s November. In just a couple of months, this decade will be over!
With 2020 just around the corner, I was hoping we’d have those flying cars and teleportation devices we were promised back in the 90s.

In this months edition, we’ve really focused on Consett of the past. Local historian Brian Harrison takes us all the way back to our town as it was one hundred years ago with “A Few Happenings of November 1919”, when Consett was still an international powerhouse producer of iron and steel (see page 4). I just wonder what Consett will look like in 2119!

We’re also really pleased to have received Joan Willis’ piece, “A Memory of Shotley Bridge Hospital” which takes us back in time to 1951 at Shotley Bridge Hospital (see page 6). Lorraine Weightman is “Keeping the Faith” (on page 10) where yet more history is made when St.Patrick’s Church was officially opened in November 1959 (see page 10-11).

Remember to check out all of the advertisers for quality local products and services, without these wonderful local advertisers the free Consett Magazine simply would not be possible.

This month’s front cover magically paints a picture of an Autumnal day in Consett – a big thanks to John Bagnall for sending in another wonderful illustration. If you’d like to see your illustration, art, or photograph on the front cover – go ahead and give us a call on 01207 438 292 or email us on

Have a wonderful November,

Barry Kirkham, Marco Elsy
and everyone who makes Consett Magazine possible each month.

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