The community is showing their support for the 88-year-old Earlestown author

An 88-year-old man from Newton-le-Willows was inundated with support while writing his first book.

Born in Cherry Street, Earlestown, Colin Cunliffe published his debut book about growing up in Newton-le-Willows after the death of his partner Mave.

Her death spurred him to write the book he had always talked about, and locals who knew Colin’s situation also spurred him on to finish it.

After the boost he needed, Colin ended up writing his very first book.

Proceeds from the book went to Pancreatic Cancer UK and Kidney Research UK, with over £500 already raised.

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As well as funding key charities, the community has shown its support by praising Colin for publishing his first book at 88.

St Helens Star: Colin at a book signing in EarlestownColin at a book signing in Earlestown (Image: Colin Cunliffe)

Star reader Shaz D’arcy said: “Excellent reading, thanks Colin; a lovely gentleman.”

One Newton resident commented: “Well done Colin, we’re never too old to do something new and it would have been a sin to keep all your wonderful life memories to yourself.

“I’d like to think your beautiful Mave had a divine hand in encouraging you.”

One resident described it as “an amazing book by an amazing man”.

Another resident congratulated Colin on the well-deserved recognition.

Colin has been blown away by the public response and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who bought his book and supported the cause.

He said: ‘The people of Newton-le-Willows were absolute favorites of mine; they were absolutely brilliant.

“It means a lot to me because this book is dedicated to my parents and relatives, my teachers, my beloved Mave and also to the people of Newton-le-Willows; they encouraged me to do it.” The community is showing their support for the 88-year-old Earlestown author

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