Former Motherwell Times reporter awarded life membership
David Bell receives life membership - © Private
30 November 2010
Brian Yule, Motherwell Times staffer and Lanarkshire Branch treasurer
David Bell, a former Motherwell Times reporter, has been awarded NUJ life membership.
David Bell was brought up in Motherwell and joined the Times in 1961 three days after leaving Dalziel High, and after six years with the paper had risen to the rank of chief reporter.
In 1967, he left to go freelance and after a spell as a sub at the Evening Times joined the Hamilton Advertiser in December 1969 as a district reporter and later sports editor.
Now living in Coltness, in 1973 he became editor of the Rutherglen Reformer, although still had responsibility for the Hamilton sports pages, a dual role he kept up until joining the press office at Glasgow District Council in 1975. This would be where David would spend the bulk of his career rising to the position of deputy head of public relations before departing when reorganisation was being introduced in 1995.
David then spent three years working with public relations agency Beattie Communications, before setting up on his own as Bell Media in 1998.
Since then David has mostly concerned himself with working to promote Lanarkshire organisations such as Supercounty, Lanarkshire Chamber of Commerce and many small local companies associated with the chamber.
David joined the NUJ three months after starting work at The Times and for a spell in the 1960s acted as treasurer of the Lanarkshire NUJ Branch.
He retained his membership all through his working life and in recent years has acted as vice-chairman of the branch.
He was presented with his certificate of life membership by branch chairman Neil McGrory at a lunch in Wishaw, attended by members of the union.
"The award of the life membership took me completely by surprise and I am very grateful to have received this recognition from the union."