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..