Books returned, 50 years later!

Kevin Shaw and Michael Hall with the books returned books after years.
Kevin Shaw, left, reunites Michael Hall with the books he has held on to for the past fifty years.

A recent letter to the Crier (issue 966) has led to the return of some railway books to their rightful owner a remarkable fifty years after they first came into the hands of Kevin Shaw, who now lives in Newton Aycliffe.

The books were signed in Michael’s hand as a schoolboy and Kevin thought it was about time he gave them back after being given them by a mutual friend around 1970. 

When Michael began reading the letter in last week’s Crier, he at first began to chuckle at the name, thinking it a coincidence.

“Someone’s looking for me,” he joked to his wife before realising they actually were! 

The two were soon in touch after contact was made through the Crier and Kevin drove across  to Shildon to hand over the books last Friday. 

“I think Michael found it difficult to believe after all these years, but he did appreciate it,” said Kevin.

The books, published by ABC, included Motive Power, priced 11’6 and British Railways Locomotives priced 10’8.  

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