Historian pens new book about Formby

Historian pens new book about Formby

by Tom Martin (April 2022)

A LOCAL historian has penned a new book that gives “an entertaining account of a very different Formby.”

Joan Rimmer, with the help of Harold James, has penned ‘Formby Folk Tales’ to give a fascinating insight into some of the untold stories from the village.

The book has been put together based on a number of articles written by Joan and Harold in the St Luke’s Church magazine between 2007 and 2009.

She said: “In 2007, Harold and I agreed to write some articles about the Formby of our youth for St Luke’s Church magazine and over the following two years we did so and were pleased to know that our contributions appeared to have been popular.

“Since that time the church has seen three new vicars and the continuing growth of Formby, making it possible that with the passage of time this small omnibus volume could be new to some and forgotten by others.

“Hopefully it could be enjoyed by a wide readership as a reminder, or revelation, of how very much this homestead of ours has changed from its rural roots. I hope Formby Folk Tales will be an entertaining account of a very different Formby.”

Joan, who was born in Formby, has written various books and poems about the village and held talks and slide shows about its rich history.

In 1998 she was honoured with the Formby Citizen of the Year Award and in 2019 she won the Pride of Formby Lifetime Achievement Award.

Formby Folk Tales is available for £5 at a number of local shops, including Derbyshire’s, Formby Post Office, Formby Pool, Ryder’s Chemist, Select Stationers, and St Luke’s Cafe. It is also available at Broadhurst Bookshop in Southport. All proceeds will be given to the Shyra Trust – St Luke’s Rwandan charity.

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