England, United Kingdom, September 07, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is delighted to welcome distinguished journalist and writer Christopher Ward, former Editor of the Daily Express, on its 15-night M1222 ‘Western Mediterranean’ cruise aboard Braemar, as part of its award-winning Vistas onboard enrichment programme.
This cruise, departing from Dover on 7th September 2012, will feature talks by Christopher Ward on his impressive career – at the age of 41, he became Fleet Street’s youngest Editor – and his latest book, ‘And The Band Played On’, the untold story of what happened after the Titanic sank. Christopher’s grandfather, Jock Hume, was a violinist in the ship’s orchestra and lost his life with the rest of the band when the great liner sank.
Christopher was an early starter, leaving school at seventeen to become a journalist, and his first job was as a cub reporter on the Driffield Times in East Yorkshire. He then spent three years on the Evening Chronicle in Newcastle upon Tyne, before joining the Daily Mirror aged 21, where he was appointed Liverpool correspondent at the height of ‘Beatlemania’.
From Liverpool and later from London, Christopher chronicled the Sixties revolution for the Mirror, at the time the UK’s biggest-selling newspaper, with sales exceeding 5,000,000 copies a day. For several years, Ward wrote a column in the newspaper and, as Assistant Editor, pioneered the genre of ‘kiss and tell’ celebrity features.
Later, at the Daily Express, Christopher broke the world exclusive on the notorious break-in at Buckingham Palace, ‘Intruder at the Queen’s Bedside’. It was here that he introduced the wholly new concept of Saturday leisure sections to newspapers, now an integral part of the British weekend.
Christopher left daily journalism to co-found Redwood Publishing, the first company to specialise in the creation of ‘customer magazines’. Today, Redwood produces magazines and digital communications worldwide for a number of major clients, including Marks & Spencer, Boots, Volvo, Land Rover and Mazda. He remains Chairman of the company, which is now part of the Omnicom/BBDO advertising group.
In his latest book ‘And The Band Played On’, which entered the Sunday Times’ bestseller list two weeks after publication, Christopher tells the riveting story of his grandfather, Jock Hume, a talented violinist and, at 21, youngest member of the Titanic’s orchestra; famous, of course, for continuing to play as the ship went down. Christopher uncovered unsavoury facts about the treatment of the Titanic dead and their relatives, including his grandmother, Mary Costin, who was engaged to Jock, whom she planned to marry when the Titanic returned from her maiden voyage. Following her fiancé’s tragic and untimely death, Mary – a glovemaker and bearing Jock’s child – suffered a life filled with poverty, incriminations, even a court battle with Jock’s bullying father, Andrew, over a cheque he cashed from the Titanic Relief Fund that had been sent mistakenly to him. A two-hour drama documentary based on the book was filmed by the Discovery Channel and was first screened in April 2012 on the centenary of the Titanic’s sinking.
Christopher is a winner of the British Society of Magazine Editors' ‘Mark Boxer Award’ for lifetime services to magazine journalism, and is former UK Chairman of the global environment network, WWF (World Wildlife Fund). Married to the design writer Nonie Niesewand, Ward divides his time between London and his home near Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders.
Christopher will be fascinating and enthralling Fred. Olsen guests aboard Braemar, as she cruises the Western Mediterranean to Cadiz (Spain), Mahon (Menorca), Ajaccio (Corsica), Toulon (France), Barcelona (Spain), and Gibraltar, before returning to Dover on 22nd September 2012. Guests will be able to take advantage of Christopher’s talks free-of-charge through Fred. Olsen’s Vistas programme, which earned the cruise line the prestigious title of ‘Best Educational Cruise’ in the first-ever ‘Cruise International Awards’ in 2011, and it has been nominated a further time in this year’s awards.
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