Dear Consett

Our aim to spread positive news in our town has become a reality.

Thanks to everyone involved and who makes the Consett Magazine possible.

I was walking along Front Street when I met an old friend who mentioned a Consett Magazine story he thought was interesting. I don’t think he knew I was involved in the magazine, and I didn’t interrupt, he went on, “You know it’s really good to hear all the good news that’s going on in Consett instead of the reading about [a crime] in the paper”. As soon as the words left his mouth I knew the magazine had realised its goal to have a positive impact on local people.

In this months magazine, we’ll visit Consett in the 1950s in the middle of the town’s modernisation with Brian Harrison, Frank Bell from Consett AFC rounds up news from the club with fixtures for March and the announcement of Consett Festival 2020 dates, we learn how to run a business using only a smartphone, Joan Willis shares her story of when a Nigerian student named Fali Gadzama came to town in 1960, Lorraine Weightman tells her Saint Patrick’s day tale, ‘Places to Go’ takes a trip to Beverley, and Debbie Todd profiles the remarkable story of Tilly Lockey and her bionic limb. Simply incredible stories from some of the town’s best local authors and photographers.

If you’d like to send your story or get involved – drop us an email on or call us on 01207 438 292.

Have an amazing March,

Barry Kirkham, Marco Elsy and everyone who makes the magazine possible.

PS — The front cover this month is from Mark Tennant who snapped the Derwent Reservoir overflowing. Thanks to Mark for this great image, if you’d like to send your photo for the front cover go ahead and send it to in a nice big file size!

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