Keeping Steam by Frank Walsh
When his father went off to war in 1939, 7-year-old Frank Walsh was evacuated to a school for children with TB on the moors above Oldham. At a safe distance from any bombing ,and boosted by fresh air, simple food and spoonfuls of malt and cod liver oil, Frank survived both the War and contact with the highly infectious disease.
In 1945, Frank ran away from the school and headed back down to the smoky old town. He was now a fit young man with lungs strong enough for any job. However, neither the cotton mills, the foundries nor the coal mines attracted him. Frank was born in the Golden Age of Steam, and the railway at the end of his street had always fascinated him.
Here's what Frank said after reading his memoir...
“I didn’t expect you to know how a steam train works, but that was alright because I know you’re the kind of person who goes into things and does research. I enjoyed the book. I liked the colour and photos”. – Frank
Here's how I wrote Frank’s memoir
This is what Frank's friends and family said after reading Frank's story
“I like how it’s organised in a chronological way. She’ll be able to re-read it, and it’ll help her remember her life. I like all the old photos of her family. It’s really interesting. You’ve done a good job.” – Ken
“It’s very good.” – Susan
“The photographs really make it.” – Relius
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