Lockdown Lines Final – By Lorraine Weightman – Consett Magazine


Almost a year after Lockdown Lines was published by Consett Rotary in conjunction with Firefly Media; a sold-out charity pitch party was held on Saturday May 7 at St Patrick’s Hall Consett to recognize the company’s success and celebrate its achievements.

The book which contains twenty-six poems, written during Lockdown by Lorraine Weightman and illustrated by Father John Bagnall, is a chronological account of how the pandemic has affected the daily life of her, her family and all of us in general. Written with humour, compassion and a bit of “ironic” poetic license; it recounts and reveals some of the feelings and coping strategies we have all experienced during these difficult times.

The evening of celebration began with a presentation at the Umbrella CIC Community Centre, WillowBurn Hospice and St Mary’s Convent by Consett Rotary President Lynne Ackland and Father John Bagnall, Pastor of St Patrick’s Parish in Consett. The three charities received £1,000 each.

This was followed by a splendid evening of entertainment and dancing led by the incredible Emerald Thieves; a group of fantastic musicians from Durham City. Food was prepared and served by Rotary members to guests, who were very generous in supporting the evening by purchasing Lockdown Lines books, bingo and Pick A Prize tickets. The venue’s licensee ran the lively bar with willing volunteers, and Rotarians bought tempting wines and beers to sell to raise funds.

It is heartening to see how a local community can come together in this way to support each other, to improve the well-being of those in need, who in turn will benefit from
Their efforts.

Lorraine, who was interviewed on BBC Radio Tees earlier this year about the inspiration behind the book, had one of her poems ‘One Potato, Two Potato’ read on air by Rachel Teate in the part Upload of his weekly program. Rachel also arranged for the poem to be archived at the British Library as part of their Lockdown download partnership.

All in all the Lockdown Lines finale turned out to be a brilliant evening with everyone enjoying a good old fashioned reunion which was the culmination of a year of fundraising for our local community .

The books are still available to buy at select Consett stores and locations* and can be purchased online for £4.99 + £1.00 p&p in the UK.

To request your copies – email: [email protected]
PayPal link: paypal.me/lorraineweightman and Lockdown Lines will be delivered to your door.

There is no reprint planned
so once they’re gone
They left!
Where to buy your copy of Lockdown Lines now:

Consett Library
Consett of St. Patrick’s Church
Door of the Church of the Brooms
Edward’s Cafe and Restaurant
Knitsley Farm Shop
Consett of Thackery

Local Consett stores, businesses and places of worship supported the project, buying advertising space, selling books at their locations and donating prizes for the final event. A list of these benefactors can be seen below

A big thank you to the following for their support

Consett Rotary
Firefly New Media
St. Patrick’s Church, Consett
Edward’s Cafe and Restaurant
Thackery, Consett
Steel Town Music
Consett Library
Knitsley Farm Shop
St. Pius’ Church, Moorside
Church of the Brooms, Leadgate
Henley Gardens Garage
The flower shop
DML Cars
The bathroom shop

“Big things grow from small beginnings.”
–John Dryden


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