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Len Gould

Posted: September 13th, 2021

LEN GOULD, former editor of The People, died on September 12 [2021] at his home in Spain, following a lengthy cancer battle. He was 73. Len retired 21 years ago following an illustrious career that spanned five decades – in Glasgow, Manchester and finally in London.

He started as a copy boy at the Scottish Daily Express in 1966, working the overnight shift and hitching a ride home to Coatbridge on the newspaper trucks. He worked his way up to the back bench, and later moved to the Daily Express in  Manchester, where he became night editor and also took on extra shifts covering local football on Saturdays.

Len left the Express in 1985 to join media mogul Eddie Shah in launching Today, the UK’s first colour newspaper. Len was hired as an assistant editor and left in 1988, as deputy editor, to join the Daily Mail. A key highlight from his time at the Mail included escorting Commons call girl Pamella Bordes to Hong Kong as part of the paper’s deal for her story. Len was away with her and a handful of other Mail reporters for three weeks, and a life-size photo of him sitting on a sofa looking oblivious – while Pamella sat in a dressing grown and curlers – adorned his office for the rest of his career. His wife would not allow it in their home!

Len stayed at the Mail until 1991 when he moved to Mirror Group as deputy editor of  The People, first under Bill Hagerty and then Bridget Rowe. He was appointed editor of  The People in 1997, and later worked briefly on The Independent as part of their sports line-up. He retired in 2000, and moved to Spain with his late wife Sandra.

He did not take on any further media roles, but his home was crammed with framed front pages and he continued to buy a newspaper every day. He was always across the news and sport of the day. Len is survived by his wife Maria, his children Claire, Leonard and Jennifer, and his grandchildren Charlotte, Amber, Ben, Kristopher and James.

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