Spies, espionage and MI5 are more associated with Bond than Bolsover, but the imagination of a local novelist has brought them together for his first publication.
Trevor Marsh, who lives in the town, has put pen to paper to create the fictitious tale - ‘Light At The End Of The Tunnel’ follows a group of adventurous kids who uncover an illegal military chemical factory in the early 1960s.
But the plot thickens further when MI5 turn up and ask the boys for their help.
Trevor, known locally as ‘Boggy’, came up with the idea for the story in the mid-1990s after his seven-year-old son asked him to tell him a bedtime story about when he was a boy in Bolsover. Trevor is also a former intelligence analyst which helped fuel his ideas.
And while the story is not your average tale from Bolsover, Trevor wanted to set it locally and has included references to landmarks, including the unused tunnel between the town and Scarcliffe which still exists today.
Having written a short story on the gang of youngsters, retiring five years ago meant he could spend time writing the full story.
The 63-year-old said: “I have absolutely loved writing it, several times I went to these places to do research and it was wonderful, it was like being a kids again. I’m really happy with the way it worked out.
“I have always wanted to write but I’ve never done it on this scale. Like a lot of parents you get asked for stories by your kids, and my late wife told me I should write them down.
“I was lost when I was retired, I did a lot of swimming until I found out what I really wanted to do.”
Trevor was able published through Amazon, where it can be bought in paperback, on Kindle or by phoning Trevor on 01246 823807.