St Bride’s bell rung early for Bob Edwards

Bob Edwards, who appeared in the Guinness Book of Records for editing the most Fleet Street newspapers, has died.

The obituaries are all as interesting as Bob’s autobiography but only The Independent has the story of bells tolling when he was sacked as Express editor.

As Bob Edwards left the office and walked along the street to El Vino he heard the bells of St Bride’s ringing. Bob was puzzled but it turned out that his colleague Terry Lancaster had been so disgusted with Lord Beaverbrook’s action that the verger had been paid to toll the bell.

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