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Northumberland was described as 'a land of fellowship and kinship' by local poet, teacher and former rugby player Noel Hodgson when he was guest speaker at Berwick Probus Club.

Sunday, 26th March 2017, 8:00 am

He taught for many years at Wooler and still helps in Berwick and Tweedmouth.

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Reading a selection of his work, he explained that it was word pictures of people and features of the area. He has also written a novel on the Battle of Flodden in 1513.

Among those about whom he wrote, expressive tributes were to Andrew Patten, who farmed at Linthaugh, near Milfield, reformer Jospehine Butler, Second World War hero ‘Boysie’ Hart, whose name is on both Bamburgh and Rothbury memorials, Bob Fairbairn, Chatton’s village king, and finally Susan Maxwell whose death in 1978 “changed a way of life”.

Mr Hodgson also read poems he has penned about Kettley Stone, Chatton and the Duddo Stones.