Judith Phillips is a longstanding friend of Llandudno Rotary and so it was a capacity crowd of 30 members, friends and visitors who came to Cae Mor Hotel, Llandudno on Tuesday 19th March to hear Judith talk about her 50+ years in journalism
Judith worked for some time with a London PR agency but most of her career has been with North Wales Weekly News and the Daily Post and Judith still writes a weekly column for each paper
Judith began as an apprentice and took us through a selection of her more bizarre experiences, which included interviewing a widow across the open coffin (the deceased was the topic of the interview), an encounter with Paul McCartney minus his trousers (don’t ask, Judith said – but we did!), driving a Challenger tank, being introduced to the Duke of Edinburgh as a “hottie” (sadly no footage survives) and flying an RAF Hercules plane. Archbishop Runcie and Bank of England Governor Mervyn King also had walk-on parts in this rolling drama.
One especially intrigued listener was our guest 17-year old Amy Elverstone who starts a degree course in journalism at Moores University this September. We’ve already booked Amy to talk to us about her 50 years in journalism, so, it’s “watch this space”, to employ a classic journo teaser
We were also pleased to welcome Rtn. Simon Wheeler and his wife Sandra; Simon is this year’s President of Cheltenham Rotary. Paul and Marie of North Wales Business Energy also paid us another welcome visit. All in all, a night that buzzed!
We were delighted to receive this press release from Llandudno Rotary to hear news of this talk which must have been very interesting. We are sure that you enjoy reading Judith’s local articles in the Weekly News as much as we do. Always a local voice talking knowledgably about local issues and having the experience to put them in perspective.