Book catalogues life of antique collector paralysed in accident

One of Derek's postcards

One of Derek's postcards

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Memories of the war and experiences of the world of antiques form a huge part of Derek Dalton’s autobiography.

The 73-year-old, of Grimshaw Lane, Parbold, has self-published his book, entitled ‘The Lord’ll Provide’.

It chronicles his long life in the local area, including his wartime experiences and his years in the antiques trade, of which he gained decades of experience before retiring.

The book also recounts Derek’s 41 years in a wheelchair after he was paralysed from the shoulders down in a motorcycle accident in 1970.

He was moved before medical attention arrived and it was an event that shaped his life.

“It was like having a bomb explode beneath me”, he recalled as he tells how he had to close down his building firm and enter the antiques business to provide for his four young children.

He served a six-year joiner’s apprenticeship in Leyland and wrote his autobiography over two years after completing a college computing course.

He originally printed four copies, one for each of his children.

However, these were passed on to friends who soon wanted copies of their own.

Before he knew it Derek had printed 50 copies and decided it was time to find a professional printer.

He hopes that the book will eventually find a home in local shops.

Derek will be signing copies of The Lord’ll Provide, priced £7, over the Heritage weekend of September 10/11 at the Old School, Church Street, Croston, between 2pm and 4pm.

Visitors will also be able to view a huge collection of photo albums as well as historical postcards from the local area, collected by Derek and his wife over the last 40 years.

If you are unable to make a signing, the book will also be available from Derek’s home address of 12 Grimshaw Green Lane, Parbold WN8 7BB, or you can contact him by email at william_derekd@hotmail.com.