Our second edition of Swindon Heritage is with the printers as I write and will be dropping through your letterboxes by the end of next week - that is if you are one of our fast growing list of subscribers. You can also buy it at various Swindon outlets (for list see below) but if you're wondering why you can't find a copy in the WH Smith Regent Street store read Mums in Media.
Readers thought our first edition was pretty impressive, but we think you'll find this one even more so. With a stunning photo of Diana Dors on the cover, our Summer edition has a swell 84 pages.
Nearly ninety year old former drummer Bart Hathaway shares his memories of the dance band era when the Johnnie Stiles award winning band delighted Swindon audiences.
And still on a show biz theme Mark Child looks at the history of the Empire Theatre, the subject of his latest book All for the Empire, co authored with retired librarian Roger Trayhurn.
But we're not all glitz and glitter and if football interests you there's an article on the origins of Swindon Town FC. And what about Swindon buses - yes, there's a feature on these as well, and then there's the article on ... Now I can't give too much away, can I?
Come and meet us during the Swindon Festival of Literature at the Studio, Arts Centre, Devizes Road on Thursday May 9, 12.30 where our editor Graham Carter will tell you of the trials and tribulations of producing a magazine that breaks new ground and why Swindon Heritage is ultimately a tale of triumph and optimism.
And then on Saturday May 11 come and meet us at Pen and Paper, 113 Victoria Road where we will be launching our second edition with some help from our Swindon Society friends.
Swindon Heritage is for sale at:
Central Library, Regent Circus
Clifton Street Post Office, 158 Clifton Street
MI Earle, Newport Street
Grange Drive Convenience Store, 142-144 Grange Drive
Havelock News, 49 Havelock Street
Lydiard House, Lydiard Park
Milton Road Newsagent, 7 Milton Road
Pen and Paper, 113 Victoria Road
Prospect Hospice Shop, 66-68 Commercial Road
RSN Stores, 3 Kent Road
STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue
Victoria News, 115 Victoria Road
or you can buy direct from our website Swindon Heritage.