Phil’s book records memories of growing up in the Vale of Belvoir

Calum Johnson of Lincoln versus Philip Townley from Belfast. at the Braehead Arena Glasgow.    Picture  Robert Perry  The Scotsman 4th Dec  2010

Calum Johnson of Lincoln versus Philip Townley from Belfast. at the Braehead Arena Glasgow. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 4th Dec 2010

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A MEMOIR looking at life in the Vale of Belvoir village of Knipton has been published by lifelong resident Phil Meredith.

The book, called Knipton in the Vale of Belvoir 1942-1962, is a collection of Phil’s memories of the village from his youth.

Included in the book is his account of watching a Lancaster Bomber crash into the reservoir at Knipton during the war, as well as reminiscences of the town’s former engineering firms.

The book begins when Phil was five.

He said: “it charts my time as an infant through to the heady days of the ‘60s.

“It’s all about the war years from when I can remember - things like the searchlights from Marco’s over Knipton, and dropping incendiaries so it lit the village up when they were trying to bomb Redmile petrol dump.

“I’ve gone right up to my apprenticeship at Ruston and Hornsby, which was a fantastic firm to work for.”

Phil wrote the book in longhand in 1990 and recently decided to type it out to send to a publisher.

He has also illustrated the book himself.

Copies of the book are available at £4.50 from Buy the Book in the George ShoppingCentre in Grantham or at www.reprintuk.com

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