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Philip and David are brothers, with a keen interest in both Theatre and Cinema.
Their books include three on Lancashire Music Hall Comedian Frank Randle
'Wired to the Moon', 'The Theatrical World of Arthur Twist' and'Randle’s Film Fun'

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They also have a great love for the history of their hometown of Ashton-under-Lyne (Greater Manchester).
So much so, that writing local history books occupies most of their spare time.
Philip has worked for the local ASDA supermarket for twentyfive years, while David has now retired.

Their first publication came in 1991 with the small book 'Extra, Extra, Read all About It',
which gave a brief history of the newspapers of Ashton from 1847 - to present day.
All the proceeds from this book were donated to the RNIB.

After years of research their in depth history of Ashton's ancient market
'To Market, To Market' was published late in 1994.
This book has since gone on to be a local best seller.

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The brothers’ other interests include the Cinema and combining this with their love of local history they went on to produce 'Flickering Memories'.
This book gave an account of the cinemas of Ashton-under-Lyne and was published in 1995 by Tameside Leisure Services and launched from the Metro Cinema, Ashton.

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The year 1998 saw the successful launch,
from the Arcades Shopping Centre, Ashton of
'The Knight Rides Out'. With a foreword by
Kathy Staff (Nora Batty from ‘Last of the Summer Wine’)
the book chronicles the Myth & Legend of Ashton's Black Knight and the
Rise & Fall of the once popular Black Knight Pageants
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This book has been enormously successful and was made newly available in 2009.

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Also during 1998, 'A Back Door to Fleet Street' a rewrite of their original ’Extra, Extra, Read all About It’ was published.
Containing more information and photographs. The book also carries a foreword by TV presenter John Stapleton.

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In 2001 Philip and David looked further afield from Ashton-under-Lyne for their inspiration.
With 'Hooray for Jollywood' the brothers returned to their interest in Cinema producing a major biography of Lancashire film-maker John E. Blakeley and his
Mancunian Film Corporation. The book was re-published in a larger format in November 2006 and reprinted in 2009.

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Also in 2006 the brothers’ produced another long awaited tome with the publication of
'Wired to the Moon: Frank Randle – A Life'

A Biography of music hall and film comedian Frank Randle.
With a Foreword by 'Carry On' star Jack Douglas.

 

As 2006 closed Philip and David finished work on a commissioned work,
‘150 Not Out’ a 48 page booklet produced for the Ashton-under-Lyne
Cricket, Bowling and Tennis Club.
The Cricket Club celebrated their 150th Anniversary in 2007.

 

Throughout 2007 and into 2008 the brothers’ were busy on two projects.
The first was another commissioned work in the form of a small concise history of the 3rd Ashton (St. James’) Scout Group
'From the Very Beginning' who celebrated their centenary in January 2009.

The second project was the publication of a new expanded edition of the popular 'To Market, To Market'. The original five chapters were enlarged to include extra text and additional photographs. Plus the addition of a new chapter detailing market events since the book’s last publication (in 1998 ). This obviously also included the devastating fire of 2004, the subsequent rebuild and eventual reopening. With a new Forword by 'Coronation Street' actor Bill Tarmey the book (along with a special Hardback edition) went on sale in the spring of 2009.

 

 

2011 saw the publication of 'The Theatrical World of Arthur Twist'which tells the story of the early career of stage and film comedian Frank Randle.
The book also carries a Foreword by legendary comedian
Ken Dodd.

Currently the brothers are working on a major history of the 'Theatres of Ashton-under-Lyne'.

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