Brian Cashinella

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From The Times, 17th December 2014

Brian Cashinella, journalist, was born on May 24, 1939. He died on November 5, 2014, aged 75

Brian Cashinella was a colourful reporter who battled his way up from the slums of Manchester to Fleet Street. He was recruited by The Times in 1969 as part of a new investigative team. His coverage of Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland caused controversy with its “go Paras go” quote from a senior army officer. Ulster took its toll — his wife Pat recalled him diving for cover in their home at the sound of Bonfire Night bangers. They had met when she was a trainee nurse and married in 1962, and had four children: Alison became a nurse like her mother; Damian works in Dubai, Elizabeth is in the legal world and Julian is a car body repairer.

Cashinella also had spells as a reporter for The Daily Telegraphand The Daily Express, where as a union official he was credited with stopping the presses of The Sunday Express one night in support of Arthur Scargill over a right- of-reply issue.

The son of a seamstress and a van driver, he was born in Collyhurst. As a boy he was passionate about sport and played cricket for his school. He kept wicket against Clive Lloyd, faced the bowling of Roy Gilchrist, and liked to think he was responsible for shortening Garfield Sobers’s name: during his days on The Bury Times he interviewed the great man on his arrival in Manchester. Amid the scrum of reporters he shouted out “Garry”. No one had truncated his name before.

An old-fashioned reporter

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