We were stopped in our tracks when Michael Gainsborough called to make a reservation recently. Having completed the transaction, he revealed that he had been born (many years ago!) in our home, the Manse attached to the former church which is now St Cuthbert's House.
His grandfather was the Minister of the church early in the 20th Century, and his mother was brought here so as to have a 'proper midwife' attend to her - a privilege not afforded to many women in those days. Michael was subsequently christened in the church.
It was delightful to share stories with Michael and his wife Sally, and especially lovely to see him tracing his roots - he had not been back to Northumberland in very many years. A lovely encounter!