Coincidence leads to book signing

Peter Wright with his first edition book of the Railway Man that he has had signed by the author Eric Lomax who is now in his 90s and living in Berwick in Tweed'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto
Peter Wright with his first edition book of the Railway Man that he has had signed by the author Eric Lomax who is now in his 90s and living in Berwick in Tweed'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto
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A MARCH rail enthusiast is the proud owner of a signed first edition of a book written by a Japanese prisoner of war thanks to a series of coincidences.

Former newsagent Peter Wright was given a box of books about railways and discovered a copy of The Railwayman written by former soldier Eric Lomax.

“I read the book some years ago after being loaned it by a friend, it is about the building of the Burma railway by prisoners of war.

“I was recently given a box of books on railways by someone who knew I was interested in railways and discovered a first edition of The Railwayman complete with its cover,” explained Peter, who ran the news stand at March station for many years before retiring.

A conversation with his brother Norman led to the discovery that Peter’s niece Diane Mulholland knew Eric Lomax and a few telephone calls later secured an opportunity to get Mr Lomax, who is now in his 90s and living in Berwick-on-Tweed, to sign it.

“It was a real coincidence that my niece knows Mr Lomax. She is a librarian at Berwick-on-Tweed library and he used to go in regularly,” said Peter..