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Friday Funnies: Daily mistakes ex-staffer for disco pensioner

Disco Pete

A former staffer at The Argus, Brighton, might have been surprised to find himself back in print at his old paper – after being confused with a disco-dancing pensioner.

The photo of ex-chief photographer Simon Dack dressed as local legend ‘Disco Pete’ somehow found its way on to a double-page spread reporting on the latter’s recent health scare.

It is understood the mock photo had been used in the production of a farewell front page for Simon when he left the newspaper, but mistakenly made it into the spread after being kept on file.

The real ‘Disco Pete’ – aka Pete Turner – can be seen in the image on the left-hand page, below.

Brighton disco


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  • April 15, 2016 at 7:27 am

    It’s a mistake any 130-year-old paper that once sold more than 100,000 copies a day and led the field in regional journalism could make.

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  • April 15, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Onlooker – I’m laughing and never worked there, or met any of the people involved. Feel a bit sorry for the actual disco pensioner as he now has this weird photo in his DPS to treasure.
    Do we take it that the people/ person responsible for pulling this together and proofing (if that still happens) had never worked with Simon Dack? Although they should have spotted it was a completely different person.
    Regardless, thanks for a great start to Friday!

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  • April 15, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Did Martin Parr take this pic? It’s quite artistic.

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  • April 15, 2016 at 10:42 am

    To be fair, the picture at the centre of it all shows someone in their prime and doesn’t look a bit like Dacky, who is way past his best. You can understand how the mistake happened.

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  • April 18, 2016 at 10:28 am

    JC, Brighton… Central subbing? It’s the papers that choose the pics!

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