The Old Days in Manchester

Former Express photographer JOHN KNILL has been delving in his picture archive to find these atmospheric shots from the old days

FRIENDS IN THE NORTH: Drink had clearly been taken when Daily Express photographers and their guests gathered in the 1960s. Among the revellers are Glasgow picture editor Albert Barr with his arms aloft; editor Arthur Brittenden; and London art editor Chris Hagen

ANCOATS CHUMS: News Editor Stanley Blenkinsop (in suit), Paul Berra (seated) with, from left, Bob Spence, Jean Kershaw (newsdesk secretary), John Alley, Jolly John Knill, Carol Newton and Vernon Winterbotham


HARD AT WORK: Legendary news editor Bob Blake, whose acid wit was was felt by many a young reporter who later found fame and fortune in London. These included Paul Dacre, Ann Leslie, John Hampshire, Geoffrey Levy, Norman Luck, Barrie Devney, Colin Pratt, Paul Ecclestone, Frank Robson, Phil Finn and many more

LUNCHTIME LEGENDS: Blenkinsop (note the monocle) and Blake in retirement, circa 2005

COCKTAIL TIME: Manchester News Editor Tom Campbell with Keith Howard and secretary Jean Kershaw in the early 1960s

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