Man with many strings to his bow; Letters.
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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|Publication:||The Birmingham Post (England)|
|Article Type:||Letter to the editor|
|Date:||Jan 30, 2014|
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