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Do you remember ALAN FAIRCLOUGH?

Posted: June 25th, 2023

An appeal from Alan Fairclough’s son, Adam

I am writing to ask whether any former Mirror Group employees recall my late father, Alan Fairclough. He joined the paper in 1947 as a reporter.

He headed the Paris office in 1952-53, and was chief leader writer from 1954 until his death in 1973. He also served as literary editor for a number of years, regularly reviewing books.

Although his contemporaries are no longer with us, there might be some younger Mirror men and women whose careers overlapped with his.

I am writing a short account of his career as a journalist and would be grateful to hear of any memories, observations, and anecdotes.

I should have started this project ten years ago, when more of Dad’s contemporaries were still alive, but I only really became interested a couple of years back, when, in my retirement, I started reading all those Fleet Street memoirs and began to realize what an extraordinary time the Cudlipp era was.

I have been through the British Newspaper Archive and pulled out all the (hundreds) of Dad’s signed articles. Unfortunately, most of the cuttings books that contained his leader columns have been lost, though I have some from the late 1960s, as well as all his book review columns.

If you remember Alan Fairclough please do get in touch with me. My email address is:

My phone here in the U.S. is (001)202-248-1428 (landline); (+001)202-297-7865 (mobile).

Thank you, I look forward to hearing your stories and memories.



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