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Trip down memory lane for newspaper boss

  • David Fordham holds a copy of the Lynn News
    and Advertiser from his time there in the 1970s,
    surrounded by former colleagues from the era
  • The president of the Newspaper Society has embarked on a trip down memory lane by visiting everywhere he has worked in his regional press career.

    David Fordham, managing director of Iliffe News and Media, is nearing the end of a ten week tour of nearly 40 newspaper centres to promote Local Newspaper Week, which begins later this month.

    It has been something of a sentimental journey for David who included all of his former workplaces in the tour.

    On one trip to the Lynn News and Advertiser, he was even greeted by colleagues from 35 years ago who were still working there.

    Said David: “When I left there I had quite long flowing hair and it certainly reminded me that it is not just the economy that has been in recession. The only difference being that the economy will recover.

    “I took a copy of the Lynn News and Advertiser I had kept from 1978. It was a special edition, reporting on some serious flooding that occurred that year.

    “Alan Miller, who had taken the pictures back then was still there and he recounted some of his memories about how he had got the shots.

    “I met another photographer , Paul Marsh, who when I left was a junior aged about 18 and now he’s the chief photographer.”

    David’s tour, which is due to conclude next Thursday, has taken him the length and breadth of the British isles.

    The most northerly point of the trip was the Inverness Courier, part of Scottish Provincial Press, while Newsquest’s Southampton-based Southern Daily Echo marked the southernmost point of the journey.