Monday, 25 April 2011

Press club loss

Another Canadian press club is closing, this time in London, Ontario.

The London Free Press says only two of the London City Press Club's current 82 members are newspaper people, the lowest ratio in its 54-year run.

So the club will be serving its last drink on June 30, says the Free Press story. Remaining members and club memorabilia will be moving to a military service club.

The paper says in the 1970s and 1980s more than 100 of its 350 members were media types.

In the glory years of press clubs, newshounds could always find a local press club to visit during their travels.

And you never knew who might drop by.

Celebs who raised a glass or two at the London club included Pierre Trudeau, Xaviera Hollander, aka the Happy Hooker, John Diefenbaker, Wayne Gretzky, Tommy Hunter etc.

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