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Expat editor shares delight after finding one of his first bylines

Stan SzecowkaAn expat editor is set to be reunited with one of his first ever bylines from the weekly newspaper where he began his career after an appeal on HTFP.

Stan Szecowka, pictured left, formerly deputy editor at both the Bristol Evening Post and Hull Daily Mail, urged our readers to help him find his old Banbury Cake bylines from 1976 as he marks 40 years in journalism.

Stan’s sister accidentally disposed of most of his old cuttings from his career in the UK when he moved to the Middle East, where he currently serves as editor of English language publication Gulf Weekly.

Following January’s appeal, which was also featured in the Oxford Mail, a photo was posted on Facebook containing one of his treasured bylines – a piece about the band Liquid Gold, who formed in the late seventies in Brackley, Northamptonshire.

Their biggest single, Dance Yourself Dizzy, reached number two in the UK charts in 1980.

Stan’s piece, the exact date of which is unknown, featured the mother of bass player Ray Knott speaking of her delight at seeing her son play live.

After seeing it, he said: “It really was enough to make me dance myself dizzy. I saw the post but I didn’t really recall the interview. But I do remember dancing along to their music on Saturday nights.

“I’ve been in touch with the poster, and I’m hoping he’ll be able to send out a copy to Bahrain for me to look at.”

Stan’s first ever byline, which he still hopes to find, was for the Cake’s weekly film review.

He added: “Anymore bylined cutting from readers would be very welcome.”


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  • March 8, 2016 at 8:34 am

    Lovely story about my old mate Stan. When are you going to write your second story?

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  • March 11, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Never mind the bylines, what about the new slimline Stan! Looks like he hasn’t bought a drink for months!

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