Bringing the past back to life

134302'Charles Dickens adult education group at the library,from left Mohammed Yogi,Valerie Smith and Brian Oxberry'Picture by Richard Ponter'21/10/13

134302'Charles Dickens adult education group at the library,from left Mohammed Yogi,Valerie Smith and Brian Oxberry'Picture by Richard Ponter'21/10/13

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Members of a Scarborough group were treated to a visit from a special Dickensian visitor.

The guest speaker, Brian Oxberry, was invited to attend a meeting of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) at Scarborough Library.

Organiser Steven Blockley said: “With guest speakers and guided walks, the WEA History of Scarborough really makes the long and fascinating history of the town spring to life.

“The course is based at the central library with full access to the wonderful Scarborough Room archives.

“And with that little bit little bit of expert guidance and historical research, it’s amazing how you can enrich your ability to ‘read’ the town simply by looking at the types of buildings, the shapes of thoroughfares, the colourful collection of street names and so on.

“So the next time you’re sitting down to pizza with friends or family in Huntriss Row, amaze them by telling them how Charles Dickens once gave a reading at this very spot. When they don’t believe you, bet them a fiver that it’s true and then show them the blue plaque outside!”

Information and enrolment is available at www.wea.org.uk/yh or by phoning 0113 245 3304. Pictured are group members with Brian Oxberry from the Dickens Fellowship. 134302