Tributes to Victor, Border bookseller

An archive photograph of Victor Collinge
An archive photograph of Victor Collinge

Tributes have been paid to bookseller and comic and magazine specialist Victor Collinge, who has passed away at the age of 69.

Victor’s Border Bookshop, which he opened at Halifax Road, Todmorden, in 1980, and which will remain open, is a treasure trove for lovers of books, magazines, comics and antiquarian publications.

Victor, of Bacup, died suddenly on New Year’s Eve.

Thanks to his detailed knowledge of all of these areas, collectors and casual readers alike beat a path to the door of Border, which achieved national acclaim for one of its specialisms, sporting books, where the stock is second to none.

The changing window displays were an entertaining showcase for some of Victor’s passions, with local history, comics and magazines and sporting books, particularly those about Burnley Football Club, always catching the eye.

He was also known to watch other teams including Accrington Stanley, Rochdale and Oldham, if the Clarets did not have a game. He was also a supporter of Bacup Cricket Club.

He leaves his wife, Carole, and sons Richard and Tom.

Todmorden-born author of many books about Burnley Football Club, Dave Thomas paid tribute to Victor on the Clarets Mad fan site and also dedicated one of his regular columns there to him.

Dave wrote: “Very saddened and stunned by the news that Victor who ran the Border Bookshop in Todmorden has died.

“It’s a book shop that seems to have been there forever and I lost count of the number of times I called when passing through Tod, buying books and browsing.

“I never got tired of looking through the hundreds of new and used football books he had in there.

“Whenever I started a new book it was the first place I visited to look for reference material.”

And poster Todclaret, remembering Victor on the thread, added about Border Books: “It isn’t so much a bookshop as a TARDIS, with seeming endless rooms to browse through.

“And just when you though you’d looked around the last one, there’s another!”