Michael Lynch a former Mayor of St. Ives and Huntingdon District Councillor has published his biography; - “The Life and Observations of a Hebburn Lad”. Hebburn (Tyneside) being his place of birth.
He originally wrote his biography as a memento for his six grandchildren but was then persuaded by his wife Sheila to go public and publish his mementoes as a book.
Michael self published 200 copies of his book in March, to raise money for 4 charities. The books sold out within 12 weeks and he was oversubscribed
The total raised for the 4 charities was £1,738-80p.
British Heart Foundation = £455-00p
Cancer Research UK = £558-80p
Marie Curie = £335-00p
Huntingdon Community Cancer Network = £390-00p
With the help and assistance of Sophie Hollis a local Medical Student who edited and amended the structure of the book to meet “Amazons" production requirements. The book is now available on “Amazon both in Paperback and as a “Kindle Version”, at :- https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08DSYRVJD?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860
The book takes you from his early school days to his working career from Pit boy to Chair of an NHS Organisation a successful NHS Business, with 750 Staff and budget of £170Million.
It is a contemporary social history of a working class secondary schoolboy who failed the 11+ who went on to have a successful and varied business, civic and social life
At the age of 19 he became the Chairman of the National Association of Youth Clubs, National Members Council, representing 360,000 youth club members. He also won a 3 week scholarship to the USSR in 1961.
He was the youngest ever member his local Urban District and Durham County Council.
Along the way he had tea with the Queen Mother at St. James Palace in 1961, met (and spoke with) HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh in 1978 and later met other Royals, Government Ministers and many VIP’s.
His last job as an employee (of British Gas) was as the Project Development Manager of the Greenwich Peninsula, obtaining the planning consents and cleaning up the 320 acres of contaminated land to prepare the way for what exists there today including the O2 site.
It is a contemporary social history of a working class secondary schoolboy who failed the 11+ who went on to have a successful and varied business, civic and social life.
The book names many Hebburn Families with photos of Hebburn People.
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