The Tommy Armstrong Society

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| Blue Heritage Plaque | Northern Writes Festival | Old King Coal at Beamish | Old King Coal at Beamish | DVD Sale | Tommy Armstrong Festival | Tommy Armstrong AGM | An Evening Of Songs and Poetry | Mailing List Message Fault | New Found Works Of Tommy Armstrong | Memorial Renovation | AGM & Afternoon Concert | Launch of Tommy Armstrong DVD | Tommy Armstrong Book

Blue Heritage Plaque

There will be an unveiling of the Blue Heritage Plaque at the Oak Tree Inn Tantobie on 4th February at 1pm followed by a free buffet and entertainment by musicians and singers performing Tommy Armstrong and mining songs.
Date Added:30/01/2017 By: Joe Wilson
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Northern Writes Festival

Saturday 18th February at 7.30pm in the Stanley Civic Theatre.

A night celebrating the poetry & songs of "The Pitman Poet" Tommy Armstrong
Date Added:30/01/2017 By: Joe Wilson
Northern Write Festival
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Northern Write Festival
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Old King Coal at Beamish

As part of the Old King Coal celebrations at Beamish Museum there will be Tommy Armstrong material in the marquee situated in the pit village. The display will be from 2:30-3:30pm on Saturday and Sunday the 25th and 26th April. There will also be a stall with Tommy Armstrong information and books for sale. The performers Kiddars Luck, Bert Drayton, Alan Crawford will also be present as will Bettie Marshall and Diane Ward, both relatives of the poet.

Information about the Beamish event is available at http://www.beamish.org.uk/old-king-coal/
Date Added:06/04/2016 By: Joe Wilson

Old King Coal at Beamish

As part of the Old King Coal celebrations at Beamish Museum there will be Tommy Armstrong material in the marquee situated in the pit village. The display will be from 2:30-3:30pm on Saturday and Sunday the 25th and 26th April. There will also be a stall with Tommy Armstrong information and books for sale. The performers Kiddars Luck, Bert Drayton, Alan Crawford will also be present as will Bettie Marshall and Diane Ward, both relatives of the poet.

Information about the Beamish event is available at http://www.beamish.org.uk/old-king-coal/""
Date Added:17/05/2015 By: Joe Wilson
Image supplied by Tony Armstrong
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Image supplied by Tony Armstrong
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Image supplied by Tony Armstrong
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Image supplied by Tony Armstrong
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DVD Sale

There will be a launch of the New award winning DVD about the life of Tommy Armstrong at the Lamplight Centre on Friday 25th September 2015. There will be an audience with Ray Tilly the poets grandson.
Date Added:19/04/2015 By: Joe Wilson
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Tommy Armstrong Festival

A night of Tommy Armstrong and mining songs will be presented by a variety of artistes at the Tanfield Lea Club on Friday 25th September 2015. Tickets cost £3.
Date Added:19/04/2015 By: Joe Wilson
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Tommy Armstrong AGM

The Tommy Armstrong Society AGM will be held in the Peacock Pub, Tanfield Village at 10:00 on Saturday 26th September.

This will be followed by a short act of remembrance at Tommy's place of rest in Tanfield Churchyard at 12:00 noon and afterwards back to The Peacock.
Date Added:19/04/2015 By: Joe Wilson
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An Evening Of Songs and Poetry

An evening of Tommy's songs and poetry at The Peacock with a hot and cold buffet. Tickets £10 date to be agreed.

Note here is limited parking space at The Peacock so tickets will be limited - watch this site for details.
Date Added:19/04/2015 By: Joe Wilson
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Mailing List Message Fault

There have been several occasions recently where the mailing list has sent empty messages out. Please accept our apologies, we have taken steps to prevent this happening again."
Date Added:19/10/2014 By: Laurence Scott
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New Found Works Of Tommy Armstrong

The launch of the book 'Tommy Armstrong: The Pitman Poet' by his grandson Ray Tilly, was held at the Lamplight Arts Centre, Stanley on the 18th November 2010 where Ray met Moira Corker who is linked to the Armstrong Family.Moira had a number of works by Tommy and his son William Hunter Armstrong which she kindly gave to Ray. Amongst them are a number which have never been published so Ray has compiled them into a book, with an explanation of how they have been found after all these years.Of particular interest is the fact that it was always thought Tommy must have written about the tragic 'West Stanley Explosion' in 1909, when 168 men and boys were killed at Burns Pit but no copy of a poem could ever be found in recent years. Tommy's poem about that disaster is included in the book.The book is only available by sending postage stamps to the value of £1.20 and a cheque for £2.50 to:'The Tommy Armstrong Society' c/o 10 Rupert Avenue, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP12 3NL""
Date Added:23/09/2013 By: Laurence Scott
A New Book from Ray Tilly
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Memorial Renovation

Contracts have been signed to have Tommy's 1986 memorial renovated at a cost of almost £800.

Further information will be available soon in the societies newsletter.
Date Added:02/09/2013 By: Joe Wilson
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AGM & Afternoon Concert

The Society annual general meeting was held at 12:30pm on Saturday 29th September 2012 in St. Margaret's Church hall.

There was also a concert of mining songs featuring the works of Tommy Armstrong held in St. Margaret's Church.

There was a collection with the procedes going half to the church, the rest to the 1986 memorial in St. Margaret's Tanfield.

The concert included live songs and music provided by:

Kiddars Luck

Mike Weston

Alan Crawford

Jude Murphy

Tom Gillfellon.
Date Added:02/09/2013 By: Joe Wilson
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Joe Wilson presenting the artistes
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Keith Davidson
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Mike Weston
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Jude Murphy
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John Dixon (Kiddars Luck)
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Launch of Tommy Armstrong DVD

A DVD has been produced by Sunniside History Society about Tommy's life as well as the story of the original headstone and how it was restored to Tommy's resting place in Tanfield back from Trimdon.

The DVD was shown at the Peacock public house in Tanfield and a good night was had by all.

There was also music with a few party piece songs from Jude Murphy (marla hill ducks), Alan Crawford (oakie strike evictions), Mike Weston (fourpence three farthings a day) and Kiddars Luck (row between the cages and shield row flood).

The Kiddars were joined later by Mark Dixon and Ian McKone on fiddles and a jolly fine informal music session finished the night off including a fine rendition of "wor nanny's a maisor" by Keith Davidson
Date Added:02/09/2013 By: Joe Wilson
Some photographs of the nights entertaiment
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Some photographs of the nights entertaiment
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Some photographs of the nights entertaiment
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Some photographs of the nights entertaiment
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Tommy Armstrong Book

'TOMMY ARMSTRONG: THE PITMAN POET'

Ray tilly has written a book about his grandfather Tommy Armstrong and his father William Hunter Armstrong (Tommy's son).

As well as some previously unpublished works of Tommy and other interesting revelations, the book explains that, in spite of claims that Tommy spent 6 months id Durham Gaol, this was not the case. It is hoped that the book will dispel earlier misconceptions about Tommy and therefore set the record straight.

a successful klaunch of the book 'Tommy Armstrong: The Pitman Poet' was held at the Lamplight Arts Centre, Stanley on the 18th November 2010.

A considerable number of books were sold and signed by the author. Proceeds from book sales are to be divided between the North East Region os the stroke Association (because Tommy died as a result of strokes) and the Tommy Armstrong society.

The book costs £9.99, ISBN 9781906721305 and is published by Summerhill Books.
Date Added:02/09/2013 By: Laurence Scott
Book signing event
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Book signing event
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Book signing event
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Book signing event
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