Snapshot of village in book

Michael Britton who has written a book about Darrington at the time of the coronation. (P512A330)

Michael Britton who has written a book about Darrington at the time of the coronation. (P512A330)

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A Darrington author has captured a snapshot of life in the village at the time of the Queen’s coronation in a new book.

Michael Britton, 58, has written the book Darrington at the Time of the Coronation, which was launched at the village’s annual feast and fair.

It looks at what the village was like in 1953, and describes its celebrations, including crowning its own mock queen.

Michael also consulted the electoral rolls to discover who lived in each house in the village, to give a complete picture of Darrington in 1953.

He then went to interview current householders, to see how many still lived in the village and get their memories of that year.

Michael said: “It’s the last chance to do something like this, as many of the people I spoke to are in their 80s.

“A lot of people still live in the village now, who lived here then, and a few are still in the same house.”

The first edition of the book has already sold out, but Michael is taking orders for a second print run, which is likely to cost about £10. To order a copy call Michael on 01977 708205, or place an order at Darrington Village Shop.