Some regulars might have noticed that Mike Ellison’s website http://www.hebburn.org/ will be closing in October this year.
This is Mike’s original website, that was part of his message board, which he handed over to Vikki Lawler.
HEBBURN WEBSITE: How it all began:
Mike Ellison: 1990s:
The first Hebburn website message board: http://www.hebburn.org/ was established by Mike Ellison, in the late 1990s to capture some of Hebburn's history and heritage.
Mike was a tremendously clever, fair and helpful editor.
Norman Dunn: 1990s:
Norman was a regular on Mike’s website from the start, and became one of the main supporters, contributing lots of historical photographs. In 2002, with a bit coaxing from Mike, Norman set up his own photograph websites, which have grown considerable over the years.
Many folk are surprised at the quality and quantity of information on Norman’s immense photographic websites: http://www.oldtyneside.co.uk/ and http://www.gatesheadeast.co.uk/
Mike placed a link to Norman’s websites on his, and a mutual combination of the two websites began.
Mike Ellison: August 2012:
In August 2012, after many years as Site Editor, Mike handed over the reins of the message board to a new editor known as Tree Tales (Vikki Lawlor). The regulars were sad to see Mike go, but welcomed Tree Tales, for taking on such a challenge. It’s is heartening to realise that the good folk of this board do not take for granted the very things that deserve our gratitude the most, and that we do not assume that whenever we need something, it will be there. There’s a saying, ‘You don’t realise what you have until it’s gone; after running Mike’s message board superbly for 4 years, Tree Tales suddenly gave it up in November 2016.
Mike’s website is still up-and-running as an archive, and still attracts thousands of visitors, with its ‘Great Reading’, ‘Town History’ and its large collection of local photographs - the school ones being particularly popular: http://www.hebburn.org/
Thank you for all the wonderful years Mike.
Norman Dunn: November 2016.
In November 2016, the valiant Norman Dunn, after hearing how saddened the regulars were to see the message board end, immediately set up his own, http://hebburn.info/, to the adulation of the regulars, especially those living away from Hebburn.
Many of us still often use Mike’s very popular archives, and will be saddened to see it go in October, after 20-plus years on the Net.
I’m not sure what Mike will do with his incredible archive of photographs and history from his website when it closes, though I’m sure it will not be lost.
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