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Our pride and joy remembered.

Being taken to the coast as a boy in 1935 to see the Mauretania steaming past on her final journey to the breaker's yard remains a vivid memory for Ken Heslewood.

Stamp collector Ken, 83, has been president three times of Tynemouth Philatelic Society, but for 30 years he has also collected items linked to the great liner.

Ken has another connection with the ship. He worked for five years at the Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Company before spending 20 years with the Post Office.

It was Wallsend Slipway which built the three turbine engines ( invented by Tyneside's Charles Parsons ( which powered the Mauretania.

Ken's collection includes around 100 different postcards, half of which are on show in the exhibition, as well as stamps featuring the ship.

He also has a framed invitation to the ship's launch, which is addressed to a Mrs and Mrs T Shaw, a colour drawing of the vessel by Whitley Bay artist V S Arkley, a letter rack made from the liner's decking and envelopes from letters posted on the Mauretania.

"She was the pride and joy of Tyneside and a star in her own right who crossed the Atlantic as regular as clockwork," said Ken.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 20, 2006
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