Darwen book's round the world journey
The well travelled copy of Darwen In Retrospect,
published in April 1930 by the 'Darwen News' newspaper.
How far would travel to return something? A mile? Two miles? 12,000miles?
Well that's how far Doug Duxbury, from Brisbane in Australia travelled in his journey to return a book about Darwen back to the town.
Seventy-five year old Doug noticed the book, entitled "Darwen In Retrospect" on a shelf at the home of Ray Morton, a friend of his in Brisbane. Both Ray and Doug originate from England but, after joining the merchant navy in their youth, are now residents of Australia.
Ray had inherited the book from his grandfather, a bookbinder. When Ray's grandfather died, the only thing Ray had requested from the estate was the book which his grandfather had bound in 1930. Upon discussing the book more, Doug and Ray found that they both had a family tree that hailed back to Darwen and, upon scanning the pictures in the book Doug found two pictures of his own relatives!
Pictured from top right clockwise are: Andy Kirman, Cotton Town Project Manager, Alan Duckworth, Assitant Librarian: Community History, Doug Duxbury and brother Stan Duxbury.
After much discussion, Ray, who is in his late 70's, decided that he would like to return the book to Darwen as he didn't want it to be lost if he were to pass away. Doug, who has a brother in Morecambe, offered to bring the book with him during his next visit - and so the book's journey around the globe came full circle.
Blackburn Central Library manager, Adele Karwat, said, "We knew nothing about the book until Doug arrived at the library and told us the incredible tale of how it had come into his possession. The book will now go over to Darwen library and be put on display".
Doug said, "Ray will be so pleased that the book has finally come back home to Darwen. It was destined to be returned and I'm sure it will now be well preserved".
Pictured from top right clockwise are: Alan Duckworth, Assitant Librarian: Community History,
Andy Kirman, Cotton Town Project Manager, Stan Duxbury and brother Doug Duxbury.