Posted: April 22nd, 2019
Our old friend and brave colleague BRIAN CULLINAN died in Kingston upon Thames Hospital on April 21 .
His funeral is on Thursday May 23 at 2.20p.m. at the South West Middlesex Crematorium, Jamieson Chapel, Hounslow Road, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 5JH. Afterwards at The Red Lion, 164 Stanley Road, Teddington TW11 8UD.
From Chris, Daniel and Patrick: “It would be lovely if you could wear a ‘touch of tartan’ to celebrate Brian’s Scottish heritage. Family flowers only please, but if you wish to make a donation we have chosen Thrive, a charity which uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people living with disabilities or ill health. Any donations would be gratefully received. Brian attended the Battersea Park Centre from 2007 -2009 and enjoyed and benefitted from his time there.”
Brian was the Daily Record’s London reporter as well as doubling up on The Sunday Mail. In 1983 he won the Scottish Press Award for Scoop of the Year with his exclusive about a burglary at Buckingham Palace.
He began his journalistic career on a local paper in Dumfries, then moved south of the border to work in Cumberland, before joining The Journal in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Following many others he followed the trail to national newspaper reporting, joining the Daily Record in Glasgow before being moved to London. He then worked on the Record’s London liaison desk and, after being made redundant, retrained as a sub and was shifting at The Times, Sunday Times and News of the World when he had a car accident in 2003, resulting in brain surgery.
Despite his appalling injuries and a long, long time out of action he fought back – a long, hard battle – and was out and about with his mates and former colleagues for the occasional social occasion. His case was used in an hour-long BBC drama, with David Tennant as the person suffering from brain injury, a fact that Brian enjoyed retelling.
By PETER THOMPSON
© Peter Thompson 2021. Extracted from Cudlipp’s Circus by Peter Thompson, Kindle Edition.
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