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“Johnny” Johnson’s retirement

Posted: November 25th, 2015

HERE’S what must be one of the greatest line-ups of Mirror talent there ever has been in one picture. It was taken in 1972 to say farewell to Howard “Johnny” Johnson, the doyen of chief reporters.

The picture was dragged out of the personal dusty archives of Robin Parkin, former Mirror assistant night editor and now living the good life – feeding the ducks and the chickens – in France.

Robin wrote: “Here as threatened is a memory lane pic of Mirror folk SMILING. Bet they don’t do that much now.”

From the left, top row – Freddie Wills, Bela Zola, Willie Soutar. Next row – Clifford Davis, Mary Malone, Bert Quinn, Roly Watkins, Mike Christiansen, Cliff Pearson, Len Woodliffe, Tom Cowie, Leslie ?, Peter Harris, Ronnie Bedford. Next row – Stan Bonnett, Alan Fairclough, Ken Hord, Tony Miles, Howard “Johnny” Johnson, his wife Joy, Dan Ferrari, Gordon Jeffrey. Front row – Malcolm Smith, Mike Anderson, Mac Macadam, John Sandiford, Betty Tay, Paula James, Billy Baggot, George Fallows, Robin Parkin.

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