Dear Council Leader Tracey Dixon, also my own Hebburn Councillors Liz McHugh, Richard Porthouse & Adam Ellison,
I am 77 years of age in June, and as some of you know, I am a amateur Local Historian who had Local website (Old Tyneside) for 20 years with well over 5 thousand old photos on it and all collected over many years and it was totally FREE to view
Some of the photos in my collection were retrieved from a rubbish Skip, so if it wasn’t for people like me a lot of our Local history would have been lost forever.
I closed my 20 year old free website because Face Book users ransacked it and posted a lot of my collection on FB without crediting where they came from.
Recently because of the Lockdown I have used some of our savings to produce four books full of lovely old photos from my collection. I think these books that you can hold in your hand and keep in the family are better than them being on a website that can be closed down in minutes.
Each of the four books contain at least 300 clear images and are as follows, ‘Good old Hebburn’ , ‘Good old Jarrow’ , and later this week I will have the final two ‘Good old Shields’ and the last one for towns west of Hebburn is ‘Good old Bill Quay, ‘Pelaw, Wardley, Felling & Heworth’
I could have produced 4 cheap books of 50 photos for £6, BUT I wanted these books to be top quality A4 with gloss pages, reasonably priced at £15 each & 300 photos.
I contacted ‘The Word’ which is the building my Council Tax helped to pay for, and their reply was that they want 30% commission for each book they sell ie £4-50 per book.
I am so furious at the greed of the Council, I’ve posted about this on my ‘Hebburn and our Neighbour’s’ Forum.
Here is the Link so that you can read the comments. https://mb.boardhost.com/Norman1944/msg/1622028864.html
I would like my complaint to be brought up at a Council meeting asap please.
I hope my Councillors can get it into the heads of Council leaders that these books are a great asset for our area.
The very least that should be done is to Advertise my books in the Word and on Council publication eg the free newsletter we often get through our door.
Looking forward to replies,
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