Here’s a blog by an old friend of mine Ellis – including some pics of Barrow – the town where I’m from – and some tales of yore.


An old work friend of mine, Chris Hill, commented on this blog earlier. He mentioned how some of my photographs of Morecambe remind him of his home town, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

I’m sorry for sticking the ‘Cumbria’ in there. Especially if you don’t need telling where Barrow-in-Furness is. People from “Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria,” have a habit of saying: “Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria,” in full, because of the continuing national ignorance as to whereabouts it actually is.

Anyway, Chris Hill was a hero of mine about 2o years ago. Because to me, as a 17-year-old, Chris was the Coolest Crime Reporter known to man. To the women in the office, he was like some Matinee Student idol (if there is such a thing).

A chestnut brown, Morrissey-inspired quiff, long studenty coat and first dibs on the office copy of the NME as the music correspondent, set him apart. Chris could be a…

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