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ISBN: 9781841149707
Southend Mull of Kintyre Reunited
Southend Mull of Kintyre Reunited
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Pointing like a finger into the sea on the far west of Scotland is the beautiful Kintyre Peninsula, and on its southernmost tip – the Mull – and nestled in its lee is the village of Southend. Few will fail to recognise the name of the area made famous all over the world by Paul McCartney’s haunting song, ‘Mull of Kintyre’.

Southend has a special claim to fame. Stand on a hilltop and you can look right across the Atlantic! This stretch of that mighty ocean tumbling onto the shore also washes the coast of Northern Ireland just 12 miles away.

Capturing the past on the printed page is a passion with author Avril Stone. And something of a personal mission. “So many memories are lost from generation to generation because nobody records them”, said Avril, She compiled this book at her home on the Mull of Kintyre with the help of local families. What she enjoyed most, she says, was meeting people and listening to their memories of days gone by.

Packed with more than 350 nostalgic photographs, featuring the people, places, events, groups and personalities of Southend,Mull of Kintyre over the last century, this book will reunite all those who love the area with their fondest memories of this most special place.

Bind a fascination for history with a love of listening to people reminisce about times past, and you have a basis of Avril Stone’s books. She and her husband Eric retired to Southend from North Devon. There, as a child, one of her favourite pastimes was hearing stories her parents and grandparents told of days gone by as the family sat around the dining table after Sunday lunch.

Avril is mother of three and grandmother of six and her home on the Mull of Kintyre echoes with family chat and laughter when they all visit. Came the millennium and Avril’s passion for photography combined with her love of history in her first book for Halsgrove about the village of High Bickington just outside Barnstaple where she and Eric lived for many years.

The success of this was followed up with her book of Barnstaple. However, one volume became two because interest was so keen among local families. The response from Southend people she found equally warm during her researches for this book.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 1 84114 970 7, hardback, 297x210mm, 160 pages. Published October 20009.

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