THE author of a popular book on childhood memories in Dorchester is promising to record stories from others before they are lost forever.
David Forrester published Fordington Remembered: Growing up in and Around Dorchester, in December.
His tales of life in the county town from the 1940s and 1950s have proved extremely popular, with over 500 copies of the book already sold and orders coming in from all over the world.
Mr Forrester is generously donating his royalties to charity, so the impressive sales will benefit those who suffer from ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) and CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) as well as people in need all over the world.
He said: “It has been sent as far as Australia, South Africa and the United States. “The upshot of this is that royalties are more than expected and will help my two charities – the Rotary Foundation, which does so much good around the world, and Dorset ME Support Group, which receives little or no government help yet cares for those suffering from ME or CFS – my wife is a trustee and we support them any way we can.”
Mr Forrester has been contacted by a whole range of people wanting to share their memories and now, as part of a local community project with the Mill Street Housing Society, he wants them to share their stories with him so he can help preserve them.
He said: “I’ve received so many calls and emails, some from old friends I’ve not seen for 60 years, others from complete strangers who’ve enjoyed the book and the memories it has brought back.
“Ladies in their 80s and 90s have told me of their own recollections of Fordington and Mill Street early in the last century – living in a two-room terraced house with six children all sharing one bedroom with mum and dad, facilities being one outside tap and a toilet shared between three cottages.
“Or of being one of 16 children including three sets of twins living in a small house in Mill Street.”
Mr Forrester added: “I am glad to be able to get to these people and stir their memories, dig into the past and pass on these facts of a life so different from today.”
Copies of Fordington Remembered can be ordered direct from publisher Roving Press by calling 01300 321531 or visiting rovingpress.co.uk.
Anyone with memories and stories to share with Mr Forrester about the Mill Street and Fordington areas of Dorchester can contact him on 01305 250882.