Welcome to the Armstrong-Dixon Line where North East England based writer Keith Armstrong and artist Peter Dixon share their views on the world and all that surrounds it.
Expect rants, politics, poetry, history, photography and all sorts of........stuff.
in the words of the Walloon poet Camille Fabry proclaim:
‘Our thoughts fly like arrows back to the land of our birth.’
This is the story of the loss of lives
for causes we scarcely understand
but for love and grandeur too
and for the little Belgian children
and the joyous games they play.
This is the story of the Birtley Belgians.
The Birtley Belgians emigrated from Belgium to Birtley, County Durham duringWorld War 1 to build an armaments factory and lived in their own specially created village.
after the Queen of the Belgians, Elisabethville itself became Little
Belgium - a colony of 6,000 people, of boules and of boulevards.
It had its own hospital, cemetery, school, church, nunnery and Co-op; only Flemish and Walloon were spoken.
Birtley factory was to the north of the town, British built but
entirely Belgian run. By 1916 it gave work to 3,500 men, 85 per cent
disabled in some way, with 2,500 family members also housed in the
adjacent iron fenced village.
was commissioned by the Birtley Belgians Euro-Network in 2015 in
association with Borsolino and Berline Belgian Drama Groups.
What a good
job you've made of it! Like you, I find these nooks and crannies of
the 20th century totally fascinating. (John Mapplebeck, Bewick Films).