Book celebrates beauty of Ribble Valley

The cover of John Toms' book, 'The Ribble Valley in a New Light'.
The cover of John Toms' book, 'The Ribble Valley in a New Light'.
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Rimington resident John Toms is celebrating the sixth anniversary of the publishing of his book of colour photos entitled “The Ribble Valley in a New Light”, containing scenes taken throughout the year from around the Ribble Valley.

The idea for the book started by chance when John decided he had enough photos of the area, taken over several years, to produce an A5 book of 50 pages of colour landscapes and rural activities in this beautiful valley.

Photographer John Toms

Photographer John Toms

Production was rapid, taking only three weeks to design and print in March 2009, since when the book has been reprinted due to its great success.

To date,John has sold approaching 3,500 copies through various outlets across the Ribble valley, including Clitheroe Tourist Information Centre, The Inn at Whitewell, Number 51 Whalley, Whalley Post Office, Roy Porter Butchers in Chatburn, Pendle Heritage Centre, Delicious Deli Gisburn and Bashall Barn.

Due to its handy size and affordable price the book has also been sent to many parts of the world and the UK as a gift to relatives and friends who may have happy memories of the Ribble valley, or to others who have never been here but are fascinated to see a snapshot of the Lancashire countryside through the eyes of a resident.

John is pleased to report that demand for his book is still strong, which means he is able to enjoy driving around this picturesque area on a regular basis visiting his regular customers, thus combining business with pleasure!

One of the photographs from John Toms' book, showing Swanside Bridge, near Downham.

One of the photographs from John Toms' book, showing Swanside Bridge, near Downham.