Bookworm’s bid to reunite photo album with owner

Sarrah Davis and album. SUS-140813-092104001
Sarrah Davis and album. SUS-140813-092104001

An Eastbourne book fanatic who tracked down a 100-year-old photo album wants to trace its owner.

Sarrah Davis, 33 from Kingsmere was browsing round Camilla’s Antiquarian Bookshop in Grove Road when she spotted the album in a pile that hadn’t even been marked for sale.

Sarrah pounced on the bookshop assistant and said, “I want that book.”

She bought it for £10.

But when she got it home she realised it contained more than a century of family history.

Sarrah said, “It’s in excellent condition, but I realised it didn’t really belong to me - it belongs to the family and I’d like to trace them and hand it back.

“There are pictures from the First World War, family groups, portraits - there must be someone who could be a grandchild or great-grandchild of one of the people in the album. One of the photos is dated 1909.”

Sarrah admits she’s a bit of a book obsessive.

“I just love the smell of books. That shop is my idea of heaven.“

If the cover of the album rings any bells, contact the Eastbourne Herald on 414488.

Camilla’s Antiquarian Bookshop is a popular second hand bookshop which stocks more than one million books.

It was a popular haunt of Northern Ireland politician Ian Paisley and was described as an amazing secondhand bookshop by the Guardian and Eastbourne’s saving grace by the Spectator.