Baddow & Galleywood

May 2019 Speaker

Brian Curtois told us about his 30 years as a BBC reporter in Parliament. He told us that as a schoolboy, he went to the public gallery at Parliament when Winston Churchill was Prime Minister and that visit inspired him to pursue this career. After leaving school he learnt shorthand and typing at evening classes, then secured a job with a Hornchurch newspaper, moved to Nottingham and finally came back to London to the Press Association National News Agency. He reported on The Great Train Robbery and covered Middle Eastern and Northern Ireland uprisings and met many famous Film and TV stars.

Brian now works on local radio stations, reporting on political situations, keeping to more regular hours now that he is semi-retired.