Bygone Burgh in new book

BURGH Historical Society has announced plans to publish a book to raise cash towards a new home.

The group is hoping to set up a new museum at the Burgh Windmill after losing its old home two years ago.

They’ve been raising cash to that end, but are hopeful of receiving an extra financial boost with the release of an autobiography by former resident Reginald Panton.

Reginald’s nephew John Panton is the chair of the historical society and he is hopeful that his uncle’s vivid descriptions of Burgh life in yesteryear will prove popular.

“My uncle emigrated to Canada in 1926, but lived in these parts from 1915 until 1926,” said John.

“Before he died he started writing an autobiography and he was very descriptive of times in this area and everyone who has read it has found it fascinating.

John added that the idea to publish the book came to him after a guest-speaker was unable to make a past meeting of the society.

He stepped into the breach to read excerpts from his uncle’s manuscript and he was delighted with audience’s reactions.

“They were all fascinated by it and could have listened to even more,” he continued.

“So I wondered what a wider audience would make of it.”

The book will be launched at 1pm on July 10 at the Burgh windmill.

The book costs £5, with £2.50 going towards the society.