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Graham Gooch, Mike Atherton and Eddie Butler recall times with Frank Keating
10:50am Monday 26th August 2013 in News
GREATS from the sporting world gathered in London to remember the life of a Hereford journalist.
Frank Keating was born in the city and wrote for the Hereford Times before going on to work at The Guardian and with ITV.
He interviewed many of the greats from the world of cricket, rugby, football and athletics - and a number of former players went to the University of London last week to celebrate his life.
The tribute evening was organised by friend and fellow county writer, Matthew Engel, and the panellists included Graham Gooch, Mike Atherton, Eddie Butler, Mike Selvey and Patrick Collins.
Clips were shown from his days presenting Maestro for Thames Television when his interviewees included Bobby Charlton, Daley Thompson, Nigel Mansell, Ian Botham, Colin Cowdrey, Mary Peters and Bobby Moore.
Tim Lowe, the former head of Hereford Cathedral Junior School, also attended.
He said Frank, who died in January aged 75, had a magical ability to make one feel like an old friend on the very first meeting.
“He was a real gentlemen who saw the best in everyone,” Mr Lowe added. “Frank would have approved of my mother’s maxim that ‘if can’t find anything nice to say about someone don’t say anything at all’.”
Alan Rusbridger, The Guardian editor, added: “Frank was an immense figure in sports journalism. As a writer he deserves to be placed alongside Neville Cardus, E.W. Swanton and John Arlott.”
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