Remembering Bill Halden: from Fleet Street to Uplyme
PUBLISHED: 18:30 16 February 2015
A Fleet Street and magazine journalist – who moved to Uplyme in the 1980s, helped elderly residents, led the parish council for six years and headed a local conservation group – has died, aged 82.
William Halden had a lengthy, diverse and chequered journalistic career, beginning in 1948 as a trainee reporter on the Grantham Journal. After stints on the Nottingham Post and Essex Chronicle, he moved to Fleet Street, working on the Daily Express, the Daily Mail, The Times and News of the World, where he was motoring correspondent.
National magazines, including music weekly Melody Maker and ITV programme journals, followed. In 1967 he became editor of Drive, the Automobile Association’s magazine.
Then, as the AA’s publishing director, he developed a book list that became internationally recognised for its touring guides and atlases.
He was chairman of the AIT’s (Alliance Internationale de Tourisme) Publishing Commission and chairman of the Society of Magazine Editors.
Bill and his wife Carole regularly visited Uplyme, moving there in 1987. A lifelong Freemason, Bill became a member of Montagu Lodge, where he set up the Thursday ‘pop-in’ lunches for elderly Lyme residents.
A keen golfer, he wrote press reports on Lyme Regis Golf Club activities.
He led Uplyme’s conservation group, the Lym Valley Society, and chaired Uplyme Parish Council from 1993 to 1999.
After an illness, Bill died on January 28, aged 82.
He leaves his wife Carole and daughters Jane, Susan and Willa. His son Michael died in 2011.
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