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Wednesday | 4th November | 2015
The Bermac Books website now has an online book shop where you can buy hard copies of each publication written by Bernard McCormick.
Books are also still available to purchase both on Kindle and Kobo e-reader devices or applications.
Bermac Book Shop
Friday | 2nd October | 2015
Tribute to Bernard McCormick...
Below is a link to an article published today by the Northern Echo both in their newspaper and on their website. This article pays tribute to Bernard McCormick and takes a look in brief at his life achievements both as a loving family member and a local author.
To read the full article please click here.
Monday | 22nd December | 2014
Letter | Major M Tazey
A letter received from Major M Tazey from the Home Headquaters of the Light Dragoons in Fenham Barracks, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Letter was written in regards to one of the most recent publications from Bermac Books "Commanders of the British Isles".
You can purchase the mentioned "Commanders of the British Isles" publication directly from Bernard McCormick or alternatively from online book stores Kindle and Kobo.
Thursday | 20th November | 2014
New | The Colliery Paintings of Thomas Harrison Hair
The latest book from Bernard McCormick features the work of the famous painter and engraver Thomas Harrison Hair.
A full biography of paintings by Thomas Harrison Hair on the water colour paintings of Collieries all throughout the North of England.
Only available on Kindle or Kobo e-readers. (Coming Soon)
Wednesday | 1st October | 2014
All Publications now available on the Amazon Kindle!
The full Library of Bernard McCormick publications is now available to purchase from the Kindle store. All e-books downloaded will be available to read on your Kindle e-reader or device that is kindle e-reader enabled.
Do not forget to leave a review on the Kindle bookstore once you have finished reading. www.amazon.co.uk/kindlebooks
Tuesday | 30th September | 2014
All Publication now available on Kobo e-readers!
The full Library of Bernard McCormick publications is now available to purchase from the Kobo store. All e-books downloaded will be available to read on your Kobo e-reader or device that is Kobo e-reader enabled.
Do not forget to leave a review on the Kobo bookstore once you have finished reading. www.kobobooks.com
Monday | 1st September | 2014
B Squadron, 13th/18th Royal Hussars (QMO), MALAYA
Thursday | 1st March | 2012
Roberto Duran | Holler Watches
Roberto Duran is a sporting legend. Often called the greatest boxer of all time, he held world titles at four different weights and is the only boxer in history to have fought in five different decades. His bouts with fellow greats like Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, and Marvin Hagler have gone down in fistic folklore. He finally retired in January of 2002 at age fifty-two, with a professional record of 104 wins (69 by KO) in 120 fights. They called him Manos de Piedra: Hands of Stone. Duran was born in utter poverty in Panama and grew up in the streets, fighting to survive. His talent with his fists soon emerged, and he had his first professional fight in 1967. Duran grew into a fighters fighter. His hunger to destroy opponents and his willingness to take on anyone, anywhere, made him a huge favourite while his flamboyant lifestyle outside the ring made headline news. Duran was one of the first Latino fighters to become a mainstream sports star in the United States, and his natural talent, unprecedented achievements, and longevity made an indelible mark on the world of sport.
Images to the left show Bernard McCormick and Roberto Duran at a local event launching Holler Watches.
Saturday | 1st October | 2011
Days gone by...
Myself and Jack Trowell from Ferryhill Broom ran a boy's football team called Aycliffe/Broom Strikers, in the Darlington and district league in 1979/80, they won the league and the cup that year, their medals would prove these dates better; they were under 14 years of age and the kids names are; Goalkeepers: Kevin Johnson (Newton Aycliffe), David McMullen (Coundon), Paul English, Jimmy Tyres, Billy Barras, Paul Kelly (Spennymoor), Michael Vasey (Crook), Dominic Wigley, Craig Gordon, Nick Fagan (Coundon), Paul Charles, Mark Charles (Newton Aycliffe), Keith Gorman, Graham Aldred (Ferryhill), Paul Harnet (Chilton), Mickey Seymour (Ferryhill), Craig Murray, Paul Kelly, Andrew Mitchell, John Bain (Newton Aycliffe), Andrew Walker (Bishop Auckland).
Even then , the lads put everything into their game an established their skill in various positions. We coached teams to win games Craig Murray and Garry May were brilliant tacklers and I used them for man to man marking and it always paid off mainly because I set them the task of making sure the other kid never got a kick. David May, Garry's father never missed a game and usually refereed games along with Jack Trowell as the need came. Mr and Mrs May were wonderful parents as were all of the others all wanted success and got it from the team. Jack and I always kept away from the kids changing rooms.
The rules were that you were not restricted to your local town to sign the lads and I used to watch the local schools play and recruited them from these school sides, St. John's (Bishop Auckland), Ferryhill Broom and Tudhoe, by watching them I recruited some brilliant young footballers calling them initially 'Aycliffe Strikers'.
At this time I watched a great deal of school football I have seen Graham Aldred score some brilliant goals along with accurate chips over the goalkeepers heads. Other notable players were Paul Harnet who had a brilliant left foot and wonderful ball control, Paul Charles never stopped running and Craig Gordon who could and did score from any angle with his head as well as both feet. Andrew Walker was mature for his age, he was a brilliant runner who interchanged on both wings. Dominic Wigley could control any game from anywhere on the field, I always wanted to take him to Sunderland but he was apparently on the Middlesbrough books.
Even at this level you could plan a win just by watching the opposition; my team was scheduled to play Bedale in the cup and they had a centre forward called David Pickersgill he was brilliant and was scoring all of the goals for Bedale. I watched Tudhoe play they had a centre half called Neil and he was under forteen. I called at his home to see his parents to ask him to sign for the team, they agreed. I took his birth certificate to Darlington and registered him immediately. The next day we played Bedale away and beat them comfortably, Neil marked Pickersgill out of the game. Shortly after this game the team won the cup against a Darlington side.
The following year I and a gentleman named Jack Trowel from Ferryhill Broom decided to amalgamate the sides calling them 'Broom Strikers'. We joined the Dunston and District League winning the cup and the league in that particular year. Paul Gascoigne played at this time for Dunston, but did not play for the team in the final.
Shortly after this young Olly Aldred son of Alan Aldred was killed by a car at Bishop Auckland , this saddened everyone and very much his family. He was a lovely young man with all of his life in front of him. As far as the team was concerned he was a brilliant young midfielder who ran through the middle to score brilliant goals and would be sadly missed in the team. This period was at the height of a period when St. Oswald's Park at Newton held 5-a-side competitions sponsored by Newton Aycliffe Town Council mainly on Monday evenings. Jacky Piggott, later Town Councillor represented the Town Council as Secretary. Some of the people involved in this brilliant period were Jimmy Anderson both of Jimmy's boys were excellent players later playing for our Darren and winning trophies; Jimmy was also an excellent footballer as was all of the others that were interested; Fred and Ray Wheeler, Ronnie Greenwood. There was a host of cups and the competition was well run. The kids from Coundon and Bishop Auckland to name just a couple; the kids represented all over the district including Darlington, the competition was hard and the kids loved it, the park was a big talking point for the kids. Spennymoor lads came straight from school at St. Johns School (Bishop Auckland), on the bus hired for the Newton Aycliffe school children. Eileen my wife made their teas and I made sure they got home safely.
At that time I occasionally took some of the kids to Sunderland under Charlie Ferguson, Jack Watson and Jimmy Greenhaigh. I also took the kids to their training ground at washington so that the youth coaches could have a good look at them, I was able to take them to Roker Park during half term mainly at my own expense as I worked for Durham CC looking after boys with learning difficulties mainly in night shift at St. Peters (Gainford) there was also league fixtures to play with participating teams as far away as North Yorkshire and the management board of Coundon Three Tuns (who also had a brilliant youth team at the time, allowed me to use their mini bus. Alan Durbin was the Sunderland Manager at the time and one day at the training ground David Woodcock scored a wonderful goal from bout 30 yards, just as Durbin arrived at the training ground. Alan Durbin's youth manager was Charlie Ferguson a broad Scotsman who it was a problem to understand, his letters from Sunderland was just as bad. At that time I watched Ally McCoist and Barry Venison who had just joined Sunderland and Ali got home sick at the time.
One day I took the full team to Sunderland and Jimmy Greenhaigh and Jack Watson played their best intermediates team and my kids beat them easily, Craig Gordon scoring about 3 goals. Jimmy had to strengthen his team to compete with my team. Later I took alot of kids to Sunderland Garry Cowell, Neil Wilkinson and Michael Harty among them. I once sat for about two hours at Chris Pickford's home to talk to his parents to get his signature for Sunderland. At that time I was absolutely Sunderland mad, I watched these kids develop into brilliant young footballers at that time we also ran an under 16 side. Some of the kids were as above Darren and garry Anderson and Nigel Farley. Twins from Ferryhill who were brilliant footballers. It was a fact at this time our under 14 and 16s could and did beat any other team in South West Durham.