Presentation to veteran member Peter Durrant

Members gathered last week to make a special presentation to Peter Durrant to mark his contribution to the London Press Club.

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They were told of the veteran newspaperman’s early days in Fleet Street, where he started working in 1945 – aged 14 – as a Copy Boy/Messenger with the London Evening News at Carmelite House.

Peter, who has been a member of the Club for 45 years, worked on VE Day and saw George VI and the Queen travelling to St Paul’s for a Thanksgiving Service.  He said: “I joined the crowds in Trafalgar Square who were in a high state of celebration but as nobody wanted to dance with a 14-year-old boy, I made my way home to South London.”

Peter receiving the tankard from Chairman Doug Wills

Peter, who is well known for his after dinner talks about Fleet Street, was presented with an engraved tankard by London Press Club chairman Doug Wills who thanked him for his remarkable contribution to the club over so many years. The presentation took place at the London Press Club’s November “First Tuesday” social evening at the Frontline

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