On the trail of last guides

THE final copies of long-running Morpeth history guides have been delivered to shops.

The Town Trails for Morpethians were first published by teacher Alec Tweddle in the 1980s as street-by-street walking guides to the area, its history, buildings and well-known characters.

The series has enjoyed a resurgence of interest in recent years after the guides were updated by local historians Alan Davison and Brian Harle, including original maps and pictures and new information and images, with the 10th and final book hitting the shelves in December 2011.

Several of the guides have sold out over the years and re-prints had to be ordered, but due to increased printing costs, the final 20 copies of each of them have now been published.

Mr Harle said: “This is the very last time people can get them. We have been getting them printed at Woodhorn and when we got the last set re-printed, we were told they wouldn’t be able to do them at the same price again because the cost of paper has gone up. With that in mind, we have decided that there won’t be any more re-prints.

“We got 20 copies of each of them re-printed so that is all that’s left. With Christmas coming up, we wanted to let people know that this is the last chance to get them in case they want them as presents.”

The trails are available from T&G Allan, Mackay’s and the Tourist Information Centre in Morpeth Chantry, while stocks last, priced at £5.95 each.