Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Computer at 70 - and an Author at 88!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A Computer at 70 - and an Author at 88!

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Byline: KRYSTA EAVES

A GRANDAD with a remarkable life story has spent 14 years writing his autobiography.

Arthur Dinsdale has now had his book, The Cobbler's Nephew and his Viking Ancestors, published.

The book charts the 88-year-old's life from when he was child and includes his time when he worked as marine engineer on a whaling ship.

Arthur from Marton said: "I got a computer when I was about 70 and decided to use it to write down my memories.

"I didn't intend to write a book. It was just in sections but when I wrote about 200 pages I hired an editor who put it into chapters for me."

The book tells how Arthur began an engineering apprenticeship at Smith's Dock shipyard at the age of 13 in 1938.

He went on to build the Royal Navy corvettes and frigates which would help Britain win the Second World War.

And between 1947 and 1949 Arthur became a member of crew on the Sondra, a whaling ship, which towed whales back to South Georgia's Leith harbour in Antarctica. …

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