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Wareham To Host Celebrations For Famous Local Author

Percy Westerman

8:40am 14th February 2014

An annual event celebrating a famous author from Wareham will take place for the first time in the town this weekend.

Percy F. Westerman lived in a houseboat on the River Frome and was voted the most popular children's author in a national poll conducted by public libraries during the 1930's.

The fourth Westerman Seminar has moved from Portsmouth to Wareham this year, Seminar organiser and founder of The Westerman Yarns, Nigel Gossop told us how involved the author really was with Wareham life, "We are delighted to be in Wareham this year. Percy loved Wareham and chose it for the friendliness of the people and for the peace and tranquillity of the River Frome where he made his home. He became very involved in local life, founding and becoming the first Commodore of the Redclyffe Yacht Club, the President of the Wareham Players amateur dramatics group and the President of the Wareham branch of the Royal British Legion."

During a fifty year writing career Percy wrote more than 170 titles in his signature ‘Ripping Yarns’ style tales.

Today, 14th February, the Corn Exchange at the Town Hall, Wareham will be staging a free showing of the exhibition ‘Ripping Yarns’ and the Tale of the Forgotten Author. Doors will open at 12am with an official opening at 12.30am by Wareham Town Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Russell.

On Saturday, 15th February, The Westerman Seminar- a day of talks relating to the life and works of Percy F. Westerman and his son, John- will take place in the Council Chamber from 10am to 5pm.

For more information email westermanyarns@gmail.com.

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