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Wally Hardy

Posted: August 12th, 2022

WALLY HARDY, whose 40-year career at Mirror Group from 1955-1994 was spent entirely in the Mirror Library, died on July 31 [2022]. He was 89.

Wally’s funeral service will be held at 1.45pm on September 2, 2022, at the Bluebell Cemetery, Old London Rd, Halstead, Sevenoaks TN14 7AE, with refreshments afterwards at the Chelsfield Lakes Golf Centre (Court Rd, Chelsfield, Orpington BR6 9BX). Wally’s friends and colleagues are very welcome. Please let the family know if you’re attending Wally’s funeral and wake by emailing:

Donations, if desired, can be made to the Royal British Legion. Further information can be found here:

Wally’s son Alan sent us these words:

Wally was born in 1932 in south east London. His earliest memories, which he recounted to us fondly in later life, were of his war time evacuation to Wareham, and his National Service in the RAF equipment section, billeted to Egypt.

He began a long, happy and distinguished career in the Mirror Library in 1955. A year later he married Audrey. They celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last year at their home in Beckenham, Kent. Audrey and Wally had two children – daughter Melanie, and me.

As well as family life, Wally’s passions included football (a keen Spurs’ fan since the ’40s), jazz, photography, and a love of golf – he was a regular at the West Malling club and enjoyed many trips abroad as a member of his society.

Wally was a wonderful husband and father and we will miss him very much. He leaves widow Audrey, two children and two step-grandchildren.

Former library colleague TOM ASHMORE writes: Sad to hear of the passing of our friend and colleague Wally “Lucky” Hardy. He was a big strapping fellow, a defensive rock for the Library Lions football team, and a keen golfer.

Memories from the remaining Old Brigade of Mirror Librarians: Derek “Nodder” Drury, who worked alongside Wally for many years, reminded us of Wally’s nickname “Lucky”. From the many cut up newspapers discarded at the end of the working day [stories were physically cut out of the papers and pasted on to A4 sheets, creating a library record ready for filing. That was how cuttings were stored in pre-digital days] Wally would sort out and enter various reader competitions. After several wins came the big one – a car, courtesy of the Daily Mail. Nice getting one over on the opposition!

Maureen Rule from Photo Sales recalled her many conversations with Wally, the usual topic being how well Spurs had done, or not, in their most recent match. They were both avid Tottenham Hotspur supporters.

Jimmy Dean’s memories go back to the days of Wally and our quiz nights. Reading most of the newspapers everyday as a job gave us an advantage on topical subjects.

Pete Strong and John Ainsworth recall Wally as a great guy. John said: “Wally was always a smart dresser and nothing had changed when I met up with him again at Alan Freeman’s 80th birthday celebration.”

Martin Dowd added: “I worked with Wally for many years in the library and he was always friendly and chatty. The only times we would disagree was over football – he was a Tottenham supporter and I was Arsenal! But it was always friendly banter.”

My own recollection was of Wally the generous. I told him was interested in taking up golf. Next day he handed me a set of clubs. That was great. Actually, I couldn’t use them because I’m left-handed but his gift helped both my sons to enjoy life on the tee.

Last word to Wally himself, who claimed: “You can call me Lucky but if you’re not in it, you can’t win it.”

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