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Man with many strings to his bow; Letters.

DEAR Editor, I am currently working on a biography and hopefully some of your readers can supply information, memories or anecdotes about a former Birmingham resident.

I am currently researching the early life of the late Tony Stratton Smith, journalist, music publisher, manager, founder of the Charisma record label and keen racehorse owner.

A fascinating character throughout his life, the later music and racing years are fairly well-documented, but it is proving harder to find information about his younger days in the Birmingham area.

He was born Anthony Mills Smith in 1933, in the Yardley Wood/ Warstock area of Birmingham and I believe that he joined Sparkhill Commercial College in 1947 for a two year course.

Tony went on to work on local newspapers, starting as a tea boy with the Evening Despatch and establishing himself as a writer on the sports desk at the Birmingham Gazette.

He moved to Manchester and later to London having joined the Daily Sketch as their Northern sports editor.

I would particularly like to hear from anyone who remembers Tony at school, at college or during his early years with the local newspapers - or even recall other members of the Smith family.

If you have any information, please contact me at PO Box 775, Purley, Surrey CR8 2ZY.

Chris Groom Surrey
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 30, 2014
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