North Lincolnshire has had many famous sons and daughters who have contributed to the arts, culture, science, politics, sports, and society generally.
Ted Lewis is well-known for his crime fiction writing. He changed the face of British Noir with his crime novels including Get Carter. A highly skilled graphic artist, Ted managed innovative animations on The Beatles Yellow Submarine and was also a talented Jazz pianist.
Edward (Ted) Lewis was born in Manchester on 15 January 1940 and passed away on 27 March 1982 aged 42. After the Second World War his family moved to Barton upon Humber in North Lincolnshire. He attended Barton County Primary School, Castledyke and later Barton Grammar School, where writer and poet, Henry Treece was Head of English.
From an early age Ted developed a natural talent for sketching. Henry Treece encouraged and mentored Ted, later being instrumental in his decision to enter Hull College of Arts and Crafts, which he did in 1956 aged 16, subsequently obtaining his diploma in 1960.
Ted’s first work was in London, in advertising, and then as an animation specialist in television and films. His first novel, All the Way Home and All the Night Through was published in 1965, followed by Jack’s Return Home, subsequently retitled Get Carter after the success of the film of the same name. This created the noir school of British crime writing and pushed him into the bestseller list.
Ted also wrote several episodes for the television series Z-Cars.
His final book (assessed as his best by some critics) was GBH, published in 1980.
In October 2017, the first Ted Lewis biography was published by Nick Triplow, Getting Carter: Ted Lewis and the Birth of Brit Noir.
Albert ‘Lal’ White
Albert ‘Lal’ White was a an Olympic hero and cycling pioneer from Scunthorpe.
Lal, a former Scunthorpe steelworker, is recognised as one of the most successful grass track racing cyclists in British history – winning 15 titles between 1913 and 1926. Most famously, he raced to a silver medal in the 4,000m cycling team pursuit at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.
One of 17 siblings, Lal was born in Brigg on 19 February 1890 and passed away on 1 March 1965, aged 75. When he was five the family moved to Scunthorpe and Lal soon developed a passion for cycling.
His sporting achievements were all the more remarkable as he juggled an intensive training regime with a 50 year career in the local steel industry, working as a moulder in the Frodingham factory. Fiercely determined and self-disciplined, Lal was also resourceful, inventing the first stationary exercise bike with his brother, from washing machine parts.
Following his retirement from cycling, Lal was still a familiar face around Scunthorpe, running a stall at the market.