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William “Danny” Daniels

Posted: February 1st, 2022

By Andy Lines Chief reporter, Daily Mirror (Pic: Dick Williams)

Legendary and committed Daily Mirror reporter BILL DANIELS died on January 26 [2022], aged 82.

Bill Daniels was an exemplary reporter for the Daily Mirror for nearly 40 years, working mainly from our Birmingham office. He joined us in 1963 and covered many major stories until his retirement in 2001.

During his career he reported on the Birmingham pub bombings, where he was among the first journalists to reach the scene, and had front page stories on seven consecutive days.

He chaperoned Mandy Rice-Davies, the woman at the centre of the Profumo scandal, when the Mirror ran a series on her. He and wife Kay, who predeceased him, even spent nights out with Rice-Davies and Peter Rachmann. Among other stories he covered were the Black Panther trial, the Tracie Andrews murder, the Handsworth riots – and he was on the very last voyage of the Ark Royal.

Daniels was also part of the Mirror team which successfully brought the 1966 World Cup ball back from Germany to England ahead of the 1996 Euros.

Daily Mirror editor Alison Phillips said: “Bill was a very much loved and respected member of the Daily Mirror ‘family’. He worked for us for almost 40 years and was a great reporter and a lovely man.”

BILL DANIELS

By Rod Chaytor
William “Bill” “Danny” Daniels hailed from modest circumstances in Saltley, Birmingham, but was a gentleman as to the manner born and to his fingertips.

For over nearly 40 years in the Daily Mirror’s Birmingham office – or Bureau as it was known back in his day – he covered the Midlands for the Mirror with passion, great expertise, the highest of in-built journalistic principles, and aplomb.

Dan moved to the Mirror from the Birmingham Despatch in 1963, joining what was then a three-man operation led by Ray Hill. Paul Connew was among those who learned his craft from Dan. I can vividly recall Paul saying at his farewell do – as he left to take charge of the Mirror’s LA Bureau – that in a decade serving with Dan in the Mirror office in Birmingham he could honestly not remember a cross word between them.

Mine was the same experience. For 22 years, I sat across the office from Dan with his imperturbable and unflappable urbanity, diplomacy, good humour and good manners.

Dan’s retirement, when it came in 2001, was not what his friends would have wished. His beloved wife, Kay, had been stricken by a progressive illness a couple of years before and – to the admiration of all – he uncomplainingly devoted their remaining years together to her loving care.

It was typical of the man whose compassion, decency and humanity marked not only his top-class work as a journalist, but also every aspect of his life.

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