Dear Consett Magazine readers,

Hello and welcome to the one hundred and fourth issue of the Consett Magazine. Can you believe it’s already July? This month, like every month we’ve got a packed issue with stories from a range of local businesses and individuals. Check out for more wonderful local content.


This month’s front cover is a fantastic snapshot of the Hownsgill Viaduct taken by local astronomer Craig McDearmid.

The Consett Corona Photo Project brings us another 8 fantastic photos on pages 4 and 5. If you’d like to contribute to the project you can visit their Facebook page at /consettcoronaphotoproject

Jennifer Hartburn makes her debut in the magazine on page 6. From sales assistant to property mogul, Jennifer explains how she came to own one of the most iconic businesses in the area.

We have a great contribution from Phil, part of the History of the Steelworks Group, who remembers his time at the steelworks on page 7.

It’s a sad farewell to local butchers Forsters on pages 9 and 10 after nearly 8 decades of supplying fresh meat to the people of Consett.

Chris Gage is back with some excellent advice, this time the top 5 accessories for your motorhome on page 11.

Alnwick is this month’s “Places to Go” on Page 12, followed by local school of motoring, Optimus Drive and their appeal for driving instructors and the importance of booking a driving test in advance.

And last but not least, another newcomer in the magazine, Blakey’s Cafe owner Francis tells his story on page 15.

If you’ve made it this far down the page then you’re probably aware that Consett Magazine is an independently ran publication. Started by local entrepreneur Barry Kirkham to bridge the gap between the billionaire owned and ran newspapers and the long forgotten local magazine format. We hope you have a wonderful July! – Marco Elsy and everyone that makes the Consett Magazine possible.

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