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Richard’s delight at Stoke Ferry history book launch

A first-time author is delighted with the response to his book detailing the history of Stoke Ferry.

Richard Coates held a launch last Thursday for his work A Farthing for the Ferryman: The Surprising History of a Norfolk Village.

Mr Coates’ late parents were both well-known teachers in the area. His mother, Doris, had been urged to republish her book on the history of Stoke Ferry.

Mr Coates became involved and discovered that was a lot more ancient history which could be researched and shared.

“The book is a great deal more substantial and it brings things up to date too,” said Mr Coates, who was grateful to have been given permission to use the former Saints’ Church for the launch.

He added: “It was a fantastic night and exceeded all my expectations. I wanted to have the launch in the village and I hoped I might have 30 to 40 people there. In fact there were 80.”

Mr Coates sold 70 copies of the book on the night. Priced at around £10, it’s available on Amazon, at both the village shop and ironmonger Thomas B Bonnett in Stoke Ferry, and Ceres Bookshop in Swaffham. MLNF-19MF05001

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