Writer, editor and researcher – mostly about history and work

Archives: February 2017

Tenuous links with history: the day I met Fenner Brockway

Way back in late 1981, when I was first working as a junior reporter on the Eastern Daily Press, Fenner Brockway came to Norwich to speak at an anti-nuclear meeting in (I think) the Theatre Royal.

Norwich has a fine radical tradition and at this stage had been a Labour stronghold for many years. But it was something of a left-wing island in the Tory sea of Norfolk – and the sympathies of the EDP and its senior staff were rural and conservative. (more…)