14 February 2021
Last week we received an email from Pierre d’Avoine who is architect living
and working in London.
In May 1970 when he was a first year student at Birmingham School of
Architecture the whole of the first year including forty two students and
tutors visited Amble to make a study of the town. They lived in Amble for a
week, visiting Coquet Island, Ashington Colliery and the surrounding
The people of Amble welcomed them and they and had a brilliant time in
our town - even playing a football match with the local team.
Pierre was organising his archive and found a small portfolio of
photographs of Amble and very kindly sent us some scans of his work.
They are black and white images which he developed and printed in the
School of Architecture darkroom and very atmospheric partly because it
was quite foggy during their visit.
These photographs are from over 50 years ago and are a unique historical
record of our town - we hope you enjoy seeing them and please let us
know if you recognise anyone in the photos!
Many thanks to Pierre for sending the images to us and kindly allowing us
to put them on our website.
PLEASE NOTE: All photographs © Pierre d’Avoine