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Hundreds join Bartle’s trip down memory lane

Jazz Band- credit Shirley Wallace

Jazz band parade down Queen Street

A Facebook group devoted to old images of Amble and the surrounding area has captured the imagination of hundreds of viewers.

The ‘Amble In Old Photographs’ group was set up by Bartle Rippon in 2014 and at the time of writing, has topped 1300 members, with scores of people adding their own vintage photos and sharing memories.

Bart told The Ambler: “It was just over a year ago when I set the group up. It was extremely quiet for many many months then all of a sudden it exploded to life.”

Bart is thrilled that the group has become so popular.

“The best thing is how members have felt. Their shear enjoyment of the memories. Also re-uniting forgotten friends, classmates and families. People saying things like ‘this is what Facebook should be about’. It’s much better than playing the games. Everyone has something good to say.

He continued: “Some people complained they can’t get to bed for reading the stories. Even one person said they were nearly late for work because the site was so interesting: ‘it was a good job I didn’t have far to go!”

But as anyone who has ever tried to look back at old posts on Facebook will have discovered, finding things on the popular social media site is not always straightforward.

“Facebook is great for sharing photos and discussion, but it isn’t always easy to find posts a few weeks later. So we are archiving some of the images on The Ambler’s website where they are easier to find,” said Bart.

Usher's the Chemist- credit Lynne MortonThe site has become so popular Bart is even thinking of turning it into a book.

“One of the Facebook group suggested I turn stuff from here into a book. But getting the photos together in some kind of broad order will need a lot of planning.”

You can see the beginning of the Amble In Old Photos archive on The Ambler website: www.theambler.co.uk/category/ambleinoldphotos/

Bart’s Amble In Old Photographs Facebook group can be found at: www.facebook.com/groups/236599456501286/

Anna Williams

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  1. My mam sheila loves this page looking at places n people from back in the day she’s always on it day and night reminiscing …its definitely keeping her entertained 🙂

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