George Bedell MBE


George Bedell was born and bred in New Silksworth. He was educated at New Silksworth Secondary Modern School. On completing an apprenticeship of five years in decoration and signwork, he was drafted into the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, for two years National Service. He returned to civilian life in 1958 working as a journeyman for A. Hector Grabham. After two years, he left to take up a position as a paint technologist in Billingham while teaching part-time at Sunderland College of Art. From there, he accepted a full-time lecturer’s appointment at South Shields Marine and Technical College in 1962.
He was awarded the MBE in the Birthday Honours List of 1989 for ‘services to the handicapped’.
From April 1992 to March 1996, he served as the Chairman of Sunderland Health Authority. Retiring from teaching in 1996 he started a new career: a tribunal member of the Armed Forces Compensation Chamber and Pensions Appeals Tribunal where he remained for twelve years.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I suppose I've been writing all of my life: assignments through twenty years of Further and Higher Education,a thesis at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, compiling reports for Boards of Governors of schools and colleges, articles for educational journals, creative writing, lesson plans, schemes of work and teaching strategies. A long legacy and a great deal of early practice. Indeed, I wrote 'The Battlefield', many years ago as an episode for the BBC's Dads' Army series on TV. I then saved it and forgot it for a long time, when I remembered it again the series had finished!
I'm writing busy writing another short story about a cycling trip in Majorca, Islas Baleares, Spain. Which I hope to publish here sometime in the future.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have now reached the age of 78 years and continue to enjoy touring by bicycle. At the age of 70 I visited my daughter in Bethesda, Maryland and borrowed a superb Cannondale Hybrid Tourer from my son in law. Onto this was hooked a pair of panniers, my tool kit and spares, and in the panniers all my clothes for the journey. My target was Bar Harbour, 1,400 miles to the north and just south of the Canadian border on the eastern seaboard of the USA. It was a long and wonderful journey with numerous highlights and many wonderful and generous Yanks whom I was privileged to meet. It took me 14 days on the road which was amazing.

In May of this year my daughter and son-in-law came to the UK. We travelled to France by train and cycled in the Valley of the Loire River. We journeyed from St.Nazaire east to Nantes, Anger, Saumer, Tours, Amboise and Blois. A fabulous journey and such a lot of fun.
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Las Bicicletas: A Tale of Cycling in Majorca
Price: Free! Words: 7,590. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Road travel
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is the second story from George Bedell following the successful publication of ‘The Battlefield’ in 2013. The tale is set on the beautiful Spanish island of Majorca in the Mediterranean and it follows the pattern of twists and turns so evident in ‘The Battlefield’.
The Battlefield: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 4,580. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
The Battlefield is a record of an event that took place, in a small coal mining village, towards the end of the Second World War. The place was New Silksworth, located in the Rural District of Sunderland, County Durham, England. At that time there were perhaps hundreds of these villages in the northern region of the United Kingdom and particularly in the county of Durham.

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