Appeal for photos of Variety Club

Posted on 07th December 2017 | in Community

Helen Simpson was founder of Amble Variety Club

My Mum Helen (nee Burge, formerly known as Little) was born in Amble and lived here all of her life. Many would know her from her various jobs in the community, including post lady and as chef for many years for the Masonic Lodge.

Helen was well known in the town and admired for her community spirit. She also had a great sense of fun. She was very creative with her mind and her hands and founded Amble Variety club which staged many variety shows and pantomimes.

She wrote poems about her observations of life in Amble and sold three booklets during the 1990’s giving the proceeds to charity. Last year, her poems were combined into one volume, “My Thoughts in Amble”.

Her next project was going to be to make requests for photographs of the Amble Variety Club events in order that she could have a collection to share with everyone; unfortunately she was unable to fulfil this idea as she was diagnosed with cancer.

I would be privileged to be able to do this on her behalf and would like to make an appeal to anyone who has photographs, videos or press cuttings to contact me at

Yvonne Davies via email

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