Wed, 28 July, 2021


Jacko’s jolly japes

If you haven’t caught up with John Jackson’s hilarious memoirs yet, you can enjoy a preview in Members’ Noticeboard.

Where’s my Mirror Pensioner?

SEVERAL members have been in touch to tell us their Spring Mirror Pensioner has never arrived. We’ve posted replacement copies, of course.

Strangely, it seems to be a particular problem for members in Scotland.

So – did you get yours? If you didn’t, please use the Contact Us form to let us know, and we’ll pop a copy in the post for you.

And while I’ve got your attention, our autumn Mirror Pensioner will soon be in production and should be with members in October. If you’ve got any stories, news, views, compliments or complaints, please get in touch via the Contact Us page.  Thanks. Ed.

Alan joins the AMP Committee

FORMER Daily Mirror sub-editor Alan Livermore has joined the AMP Committee. You can read all about him using the drop-down menu: About the AMP>Committee.

Congrats to centurion Donald

FAMILY and friends rolled out the red carpet for former Daily Record and Sunday Mail man DONALD MCMASTER when he celebrated his 100th birthday on May 27 [2021].

Donald’s son Ken, a former Record and Mail news sub-editor, sent words and pix to commemorate his Dad’s big day. Donald is pictured here with a model of a Spitfire,  presented to him by his daughter Lynn.

Please go to Members’ Noticeboard for the full story.

Ken Irwin: Is this a record?

KEN Irwin, TV and showbusiness editor of the Daily Mirror for some years in the 1970s and 80s, and still writing occasionally for the Mirror today, has been in touch.

He tells us, with a certain amount of justifiable pride, that these days he must surely be the oldest contributor to the Mirror.

Please click through to All Our Yesterdays to read more…

Don’t forget your Mirror Pensioner

IF you’re a member of AMP you should have received your Spring Mirror Pensioner by now. (If you haven’t, please get in touch via the Contact Us form.) To cheer everybody up and make space for more FUN we’ve increased the page size to A4, the same as our bumper magazine in the autumn.

If you’re a member of the Mirror Group Newspapers Pension Scheme but haven’t joined the AMP, you won’t receive our twice-yearly newsletters. So don’t miss out! It’s not too late. New joiners will be sent the current Mirror Pensioner when they join.

Details of how to are here: https://www.mirrorpensioners.co.uk/join-us/

A duo (not a hat-trick) of hacks

APOLOGIES, we got our statistics in a twist in the original post from Scots’ Committee member MALCOLM SPEED spreading the news about journalists’ successes in the recent Scottish elections. Only one of these political prizewinners has a direct connection to AMP, but a hat-trick  duo of hacks is still quite an achievement…

Two former Daily Record and Sunday Mail journalists have been elected to the new Scottish Parliament:
RONA MACKAY, a features sub-editor at the Daily Record, held her constituency seat in Strathkelvin and Bearsden for the SNP with an increased majority. Rona, of course, is one the AMP’s Parliamentary Patrons. (Another Scot, and Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, Christine Jardine, is our Patron in the House of Commons. She is a former editor of the Press Association in Scotland.)

RUSSELL FINDLAY, a former top crime reporter on the Sunday Mail, secured a List seat for the West of Scotland for the Conservatives, in a constituency held by the SNP. Russell’s investigations were feared in gangland, and a man posing as a postman threw acid in Russell’s face. Russell wrestled him to the ground and held him until Police arrived. Russell’s assailant was jailed for ten years in 2017 with a further five years to be monitored on release. Russell has recovered from the attack.

The Scottish Parliament has 129 seats – 73 MSPs are elected on a first past the post basis for constituency seats, and 56 MSPs are elected from eight regions.

Ken Jenour

Former Mirror man Ken Jenour’s daughter Sadie has been in touch to say that he is seriously ill in Northwick Park Hospital after a stroke. He is currently in a stable but serious condition, unable to walk or speak, and Sadie is asking for anyone who remembers him to post messages on his Facebook page so she can read them out to him – in the hope he understands. https://www.facebook.com/kj.ukmediaman

Prince Philip: this takes the biscuit!

By BILL ROWNTREE, former Mirror Group photographer

I have my own unique and very personal memory of Prince Philip. I am probably the only photographer, certainly the only one I know, to get Prince Philip’s picture on a biscuit tin!

Fifty years ago it was the custom before a royal tour that special pictures were issued to mark the occasion. In 1969 the Queen asked that the pictures for her 1970 tour to New Zealand be taken by a New Zealand photographer, and I was asked by the NZ High Commission to do the job – a great honour.

Back then I used to tell people that the “best” Kiwi photographer in London was busy, so they asked me. I suspect, in fact, that at that time I was the only Kiwi photographer in London!

The tour in 1970 commemorated the 200th anniversary of James Cook’s first voyage, and was also the first time Charles and Anne visited New Zealand, making it the first (royal) family tour. My pictures were a great success, although somewhat formal as was the style then for royal pictures.

In 1971 my wife and I were back in Auckland to see my parents. My Mum told me she had a surprise present for me, and gave me a Woolworths’ biscuit tin with one of my pictures displayed on the lid. Although the tin is a bit battered and worn now, it still has pride of place in our kitchen. I am as proud of my biscuit tin as I am of my Mirror photographic awards, and a double-page spread in “Life” magazine.

I suggested to the Mirror that this was a good memory of Prince Philip that involved the Mirror, but they seemed uninterested. However, the New Zealand Herald, where I began my newspaper career more than 60 years ago, liked it. Similarly the Otago Daily Times, the local newspaper for Invercargill (at the bottom of the South Island) where I was born.

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