Posted: March 12th, 2023
NICKY GEORGE, former national distribution manager for the Daily Mirror, died on November 16  after a three-year battle with breast cancer. She was 57. Her friend of 40 years, Daily Mirror newsdesk secretary Louise Flood, sent these words:
“Nicky joined Mirror Group Newspapers in July 1983 following in the footsteps of her dad Dennis, who worked in the Mirror’s publishing department, and her grandfather. She started her 25-year career as a post girl, and moved to the circulation department typing pool in November 1983.
“We became great friends, along with Angela Court who also worked in the typing pool. Our friendship lasted for 40 years. Most of our lunchtimes were spent down Leather Lane looking for a bargain, and we enjoyed several evenings on the Mirror/Sporting Life riverboat discos. We also took part in the annual Old Ben charity walk. On one occasion Nicky ended up pushing a somewhat overweight colleague in a wheelbarrow race!
“Nicky grew up in Theydon Bois, Essex with her family. She was a keen sportswoman and used to train with Sally Gunnell at Essex Ladies. She regularly beat Sally in training, but a piece of floating cartilage curtailed Nicky’s athletics career. Later in life Nicky took up golf after her sister, Charlotte, gave her golfing lessons as a birthday gift. It didn’t take long for Nicky to excel and she won a host of trophies at Theydon Bois Golf Club. As well as golf, Nicky loved walking in Epping Forest with her dog.
“Three weeks before Nicky died, she married the love of her life and long-term golf partner, Ray. The following week Nicky’s friends and family joined them for a special celebration. It was an emotional day filled with love and laughter, and Nicky looked beautiful. Nicky was always fun to be with. We will never forget our dear friend, and neither will the Daily Mirror.”
Nicky was featured in MGN’s house newspaper, right.
John Howard, Group Circulation Director, Reach – “I had the absolute pleasure to know Nicky for many years. I worked with her father Dennis when I was on nights at Holborn and then at Watford. The similarities of character between father and daughter were immense! Nicky was our national distribution manager, a great asset to our department. She was caring, passionate and a great example to everyone. As I said at the time of her tragic passing, Nicky loved the Mirror and we loved her.”
Angela Court, former secretary (MGN circulation and editorial) – “Nicky and I started work at the Daily Mirror on the same day in July 1983. She was 17, I was 18. We were on the same train on the Central Line, two nervous teenagers venturing into the grown-up world of work. We didn’t know each other but got off the train at Chancery Lane, ready to begin our adventure at the Mirror. Louise [Flood], who we later became friends with, was already working there, and when we all ended up in the same department, a close bond was formed that remained. We had so many years of fun and friendship – great memories I’ll always treasure. Nicky was kind, hard-working and determined, and a loyal colleague and friend to so many. We miss her greatly.”
Anita French, former secretary to MGN circulation director – “Nicky was a very special lady and will be very sadly missed by everyone who was lucky enough to be close to her. I will always cherish all the good times we shared.”