The second edition of Swindon Heritage was revealed at the 20th Swindon Festival of Literature on 9 May when the production team of three local historians and writers – Mark Sutton, Frances Bevan and Graham Carter (pictured) – talked about the trials and tribulations of producing a unique home grown magazine focussed on the wealth of heritage in the town.
“The response to our first edition published in February has been amazing,” said Frances Bevan. “The magazine is now on sale at twelve outlets in town and readers can also subscribe online.”
Swindon born Diana Dors is the cover girl on the summer edition. The history of Diana Fluck, her real name, is revealed alongside the story of her colourful career, whilst sculptress Enid Mitchell tells of her outrage when she realised the actress had no lasting memorial in her home town, and what she did next.
Pictured right by www.calyxpix.com, Judy Finnegan and Richard Madely, also appearing at the Festival of Literature on 9 May with Swindon Heritage magazine team members Graham Carter and Mark Sutton
Bart Hathaway, former drummer in the Johnnie Stiles band, reminisces about the dance band era in Swindon during the 1940s and 50s. Other articles include a trip on the buses down memory lane and a stunning collection of photographs taken inside Swindon Railway Works a year before it closed.
Editor Graham Carter says the quality of the second edition matches the first. “We are confident we have something to appeal to everyone interested in the heritage of Swindon. In fact the problem was deciding which stories to leave out.”
Co-founder Mark Sutton said reception to the magazine across the town has been warm. “We have received fantastic support from members of the Swindon & District History Network and Arkells Brewery have called on us to help with their 170th anniversary celebrations later in the summer.”
Join the Swindon Heritage team at Pen and Paper, 113 Victoria Road for the public launch of the summer edition on Saturday 14 May, 12noon to 3pm.
Find out how to subscribe at www.swindonheritage.com
Right, Diana Dors suspended, waiting to take her permanent place at Shaw Ridge Leisure Park in 1991
All images by Richard Wintle www.calyxpix.com