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Editorial staff stage reunion at bar converted from newspaper HQ

Former regional editorial staff have staged a reunion at a bar which once used to be part of their company’s headquarters.

A group of photographic and other staffers who worked for the Bailey Newspaper Group met to relive old times at the Spring Villa Bar, in Dursley, Gloucestershire.

The family-owned business published weekly titles including the Gazette series, the Stroud News and Journal and the Wilts and Glos Standard.

The company was sold to Southern Newspapers in 1997.

Former Bailey Newspaper Group employees (from left) seated: Dick Besent (photographer 1967-75), David Ireland (Chief Photographer 1948-93), Chris Bowler (photographer 1959-68), David Jones (compositor and later circulations manager 1966-83). Standing: Chas Breton (photographer 1972-80), Ivor Ward-Davies (reporter 1973-77), Ken Hitchings (photographer 1963-77), Matt Bigwood (photographer 1986-2002), Paul Nicholls (photographer 1987-97), Steve Richards (photographer 1979 to present) and Fran Stothard (photographer 1972-77)

Former Bailey Newspaper Group employees (from left) seated: Dick Besent (photographer 1967-75), David Ireland (Chief Photographer 1948-93), Chris Bowler (photographer 1959-68), David Jones (compositor and later circulations manager 1966-83). Standing: Chas Breton (photographer 1972-80), Ivor Ward-Davies (reporter 1973-77), Ken Hitchings (photographer 1963-77), Matt Bigwood (photographer 1986-2002), Paul Nicholls (photographer 1987-97), Steve Richards (photographer 1979 to present) and Fran Stothard (photographer 1972-77)

The reunion was held on Wednesday at the bar, a building that used to be part of the company’s offices.

Photographer Ken Hitchings, who worked for the company from 1963 until 1977, organised the lunchtime event which was attended by many former photographers.

Among them was chief photographer David Ireland, who began his career at the Gazette in 1948 and remained there until his retirement in 1993.

The other photographers to attend were Dick Besent, Chris Bowler, Chas Breton, Matt Bigwood, Paul Nicholls, Steve Richards and Fran Stothard.

Former compositor and later circulations manager 1966-83 David Jones and reporter Ivor Ward-Davies also attended the impromptu reunion.

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  • February 14, 2020 at 10:50 am
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    So many ‘togs.
    And as most blunts know, the collective noun for a group of news togs is a ‘whinge’.
    😉

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