A BOOK on a popular pub crawl is to be launched in Hexham on Saturday.

Award-winning writer Joe Williams is returning to his home town of Hexham to celebrate the release of his new book An Otley Run.

It is based on the colourful characters Joe, who grew up and went to school in Hexham, has encountered along the route of the famous Otley Run, which takes in pubs along the A660 Otley Road in Leeds, where he now lives.

The Otley Run pub crawl starts at Woodies in Far Headingley and finishes at the Dry Dock on the edge of the city centre.

Joe said: “When I was a student, no-one dressed up for the Otley Run, but nowadays nearly everyone does. If you go to the shops in Headingley on a Saturday afternoon, there’s a good chance you’ll bump into the Spice Girls or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“That’s what made me want to write the book. I wondered what stories these people had to tell, and decided to create one.”

The launch will be held at the County Hotel in Hexham, on Saturday at 2.30pm and will include readings from the book, with support from poets Gill Lambert and Rob Walton, and comedy from Rosie Cole.