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Journalist who began career in 1933 marks 100th birthday

Barbara BuchananA pioneering former journalist who was the first-ever female reporter on her paper has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Barbara Buchanan, pictured left, who began her career at the now defunct daily Bristol Evening World in 1933, reached the milestone age on New Year’s Day.

She rose to the role of woman’s page editor of the Evening World before its closure in 1962, and then joined the city’s remaining daily, the Evening Post, as a feature writer.

Barbara, who was widely known in the West Country for her campaigning journalism and her Saturday Chatterday column in the Post, received the accolade of Britain’s Woman Journalist of the Year in 1967.

Her award citation said: “Miss Buchanan’s range of writing covered many of the major social problems of the day. The panel were particularly impressed by her series on cervical cancer in women and the campaign she mounted for improved facilities for tests in the South West.”

Barbara spent her 100th birthday being visited at the nursing home near Bristol where she lives by her two sons and other members of the family – including three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She once wrote a column on the trials of trying to interview the very elderly, in which she mused what she would do if she reached the age of 118.

In it she said: “If I do reach 118 years of age and some fathead of a reporter comes to ask me how I did it I shall be able to say; ‘Never took a rest, my dear. Went to bed late and got up early. Ate and drank all the wrong things. Don’t deserve to be alive at all.'”


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  • January 5, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Congratulations Barbara. I well remember the days when we worked together in Bristol, particularly on the old Bristol Week End with Brian Baron

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  • January 7, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    My wife, then Jeannie Collings, and I met Barbara in 1947/8 when we were reporters on the Evening World and she was women’s editor, among other things. We became and have remained friends despite the fact we moved to Canada in 1956. We have stayed with her in Pill and Portishead, and she came to stay with us in London and then Ottawa. Barbara has been part of our lives, and long may she remain so. She reminds us of those great days for journalists when the World and the Post were locked in fierce but friendly competition.

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