Sunderland, Shields & Hartlepool NUJ life membership awards night
Nick McGowan-Lowe, pictured centre with life members Linda and Tony Colling, surrounded by friends and colleagues - © Gilbert Johnston
20 October 2017
Husband and wife team Tony and Linda Colling – stalwarts of both the Sunderland Echo newspaper and its NUJ chapel – were surrounded by former colleagues as the union awarded them life membership.
Linda is best known as the paper's long-serving women's page writer, and Tony is a photographer for the newspaper.
Their 50-year union membership has encompassed loyal service in the watershed 1978-79 Newspaper Society strike, and the 1985 three-month strike at the Echo and its sister papers owned by the then Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers group, over the implementation of new technology.
Union NEC member and chair of the freelance industrial council Nick McGowan-Lowe presented the couple with their life membership certificates at a social night hosted by the Sunderland, Shields and Hartlepool NUJ branch. Nick spoke warmly of the valuable role they had both played in the union's work.
Friends and colleagues celebrated the NUJ life membership awards at a social event in Sunderland.