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Legend Clouded in Myths: T Dan Smith

Wednesday 26 April 2023 7.30pm at St George’s, High Heaton

Open for member booking

Known as ‘Mr Newcastle’ or ‘Mouth of the Tyne’, T Dan Smith was, in his time, the best-known politician in the UK outside of Westminster. Following imprisonment for corruption in 1974, T Dan’s reputation was further damaged when he was blamed for planning mistakes in Newcastle city centre. Over the years he has become a legend clouded in myths. What is the truth about this charismatic visionary?

Our Speaker

Anthony Atkinson was born in Gateshead, attended St Cuthbert’s Grammar School, Newcastle and studied Economics at Clare College, Cambridge. He qualified as a chartered accountant and held various positions as financial director in industry before undertaking a management buyout acquiring 32 retail shops from Vaux Group Plc. After selling the business, Anthony reverted to his ‘first love’ of history. He is now a Newcastle City Guide, a volunteer for Friends of The Laing Art Gallery and also a volunteer guide at the Lit & Phil. This is one of his portfolio of ten talks.

Our Venue

This talk will take place at St George’s United Reformed Church on Newton Road, High Heaton NE7 7HP. It is on the corner with Boundary Gardens, the same block as Heaton Stannington’s football ground, Grounsell Park.

There are excellent public transport links including the numbers 18, 38, 52 and 553, which stop right by the church.

There is car parking on the surrounding streets. 

Booking The talk is free to members and cost £2.50 for non-members. Once booking has opened, reserve your place by contacting Maria on or 07443 594154



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