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| Memorial Renovation | AGM & Afternoon Concert | New Found Works Of Tommy Armstrong | Mailing List Message Fault | DVD Sale | Old King Coal at Beamish | Blue Heritage Plaque | Northern Writes Festival

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:05/10/2017 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:05/10/2017 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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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:05/10/2017 By: Laurence Scott
A New Book from Ray Tilly
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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:05/10/2017 By: Laurence Scott
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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:25/09/2017 By: Joe Wilson
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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:25/09/2017 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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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:25/09/2017 By: Joe Wilson
Blue Plaque
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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:25/09/2017 By: Joe Wilson
Northern Write Festival
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Northern Write Festival
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