John Batey

I am the second son of Ernest Batey who was, for forty years, Headmaster in Allendale, firstly of the Junior School, and then of the Secondary School.  I was raised in Allendale in the immediate post war years.


My book ‘Flag up on the right!’ is my affectionate and anecdotal account of life in this idyllic village, and of the wonderful landscape of the Dale which helped to shape me.


My wildlife illustrations reflect my deep love of natural history, while the stories of my contemporaries will, I hope, bring a smile to those who know (or knew) them.

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