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John's part of Hindley history

Unless we are mega-famous, we'll all be forgotten. Wiped out by the gentle mists of time.

And today I'm recalling a man who truly made his mark, but who is today a hazy figure in the minds of locals.

He's John Farrimond, a former miner, who was also a brilliant writer ... so good that one of his children's books was turned into a BBC serial.

John, who was born in 1913, was a quiet and unassuming man – a real gent.

And after a shift at the pit, he went home and penned wonderful short

stories. About everything and anything that sprang to mind.

His confidence was greatly boosted when the great London paper The Evening News began using his work ... and paying the going rate.

After leaving the mines, John worked as the deputy caretaker of Hindley and Abram Grammar School – later Park High School – and his first book, set in the pits, was published in 1963 with the title Dust in My Throat.

His second book took a different turn – and was titled To Kill a Priest.

It was John's third book that made him famous. The Hills of Heaven was about kids and their lives and after lots of negotiations, it was accepted by the BBC and filmed as a series. Other John Farrimond stories were featured on BBC radio.

John, who lived in Algernon Street, Hindley, has been dead for quite some years now and the thriving Hindley History Society wants to mount a small display about the man and his work.

Chairman Jack Topping, the former local councillor, said: "From what we know, John was quite well known and we want information about him. He's part of Hindley history."

And your Wigan World writer has donated a signed copy of The Hills of Heaven to get the project started.

Now ain't that generous?

 
 
 

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