A library book taken out in October 1914 has been returned to a school by the grandson of a former pupil 100 years after it was borrowed.
The anthology Palgraves Golden Treasury with Additional Poems was taken out at Morperth Grammar School, Northumberland by 14-year-old Albert Chambers on October 20, 1914.
A century later, it was found gathering dust in his daughter’s attic by his grandson Ian Blenkinsopp, who posted it back to the school with a note apologising for its late return.
When it arrived on October 20 – 100 years to the day it was first borrowed – headteacher Mark Simpson, of the renamed King Edward VI School, agreed to waive the 12p a day fine, which had racked up a £4,380 debt.
"We were amazed to receive this book 100 years on and it was still in a good condition,” said Mr Simpson.
"Mr Blenkinsopp made a light-hearted comment in his note that he hoped we wouldn't levy any accrued fines.
"We were happy to waive them on this occasion and it was good to get some information about Albert's life."
Albert was born in 1900 and was part of the army cadet force at the grammar school during the First World War, before later joining the Merchant Navy.
He went on to become a draughtsman and to have two children before he died in 1965.
The inside cover of the school book shows he was made to sign for it and promised to be 'responsible for its condition'.
In the letter returning it, his grandson wrote: "May I apologise for the late return and the lack of dust jacket. I hope that you will not levy any accrued fines."
And in reply to a thank-you letter from Mr Simpson, he added: "I am pleased that it is going into your archive – much better than languishing in my late mother's attic!"
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