Report by James Franklin , Reporter
Thursday, April 26, 2012
A WESTON author’s latest book showcases the changing landscape of her hometown over the past 150 years.
Weston-super-Mare: Then And Now by Sharon Poole portrays the evolution of the resort from a tiny village in the 19th century to a thriving Victorian resort of 20,000 people, and on to the present day town with a population of 80,000.
Using 45 archive images of the area, the book takes the reader on an evocative tour of the enormous change the town has undergone over the past century-and-a-half.
Featuring informative descriptions of the changing landscape, it also juxtaposes residents of the past with their 21st century descendants.
Sharon moved to Weston in 1971, the same year that she decided to work for the Museum Service where part of her job was compiling a photographic record of Weston and the changes that have occurred.
Her first book was published in 1987, and her previous release P&O Cruises: Celebrating 175 Years of Heritage, has been nominated for a Maritime Foundation Media Award.
The Shrubbery Road resident will be signing copies of the book at Waterstones in the Sovereign Shopping Centre on Saturday from 11am-2pm, and then at Asda on May 19 at 1pm.
The book will be published by The History Press on May 8, and will be available for £12.99 from local book shops, on Amazon or from the publisher.