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Mov­ing from Lin­coln to Lon­don was some­thing of a cul­ture shock for the young Mike Maloney. His first job at The Evening News was a birth­day party at the Savoy. But it wasn’t just any old birth­day party…

“The high­light of my so­cial cal­en­dar in Lin­coln was to go to the Guild­hall and cover the mayor’s Christ­mas party for the civic dig­ni­taries. You got a glass of sherry and a mince pie. I went from that to my first job at The Evening News, where the pic­ture ed­i­tor said to me, “Maloney! We’ve got a job for you at 10 o’clock tonight.” I said, “What, 10pm?” “Yes, why?” “Well, I’m nor­mally in bed by then.” “Well, you won’t be tonight. You’re go­ing to the Savoy. It’s Noël Cow­ard’s birth­day party.” I went down, met the great man, shook his hand and said: “Mr Cow­ard, I’m from The Evening News, I’m Mike Maloney. It’s such a great priv­i­lege to meet you.”

“My dear boy, the plea­sure is all mine. Come with me, I’ll in­tro­duce you to peo­ple.” Ev­ery big name was there. I ended the night danc­ing with Rachel Roberts, who was mar­ried to Rex Har­ri­son!”

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