JOE BERRY DFC.
Upon the walls of Duke’s School hall are the names of Servicemen whose
duty led them to an early grave
Promoted Squadron Leader for his daring in
the air, with orders to resist a deadly threat
He had no gauge to give the range when
closing on his pray but Joe survived with courage and great skill
the shores of Holland in the final months of war, just 24 years old he
came to grief
Tom Patterson was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne but left the region in 1967.
After studying at Leeds University and teaching in Norfolk, Tom moved to the Midlands where he developed his interest in folk music and began writing songs.
In the mid 1970s, he teamed up with multi - instrumentalist Dave Morton and since then they have appeared together at numerous folk clubs, guested at festivals and played on local radio.
Tom's songs deal with a variety of subjects but his material exploring
north - eastern themes has made him the most successful songwriter in the history of the annual Traditional Gathering held every Easter at Morpeth, Northumberland.
The story of Joe Berry first captured Tom's imagination when he read about the brave fighter pilot's exploits in a magazine published by an organisation called "The Fellowship of The Services." Tom returned to the article a number of years later and tried to find out more about Joe, but with only limited success. His song about Joe was finally completed in 2002 - the year that it was placed first in the original song composition category at the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering.