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Category: General Interest
Reference No: 7649
Status: Available
Price: £20.00
  Richard Dimbleby

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Iconic British broadcaster.

After attending Mill Hill School he began his career with the family newspaper, the Richmond and Twickenham Times in 1931. He later worked for the Bournemouth Echo and Advertisers Weekly.

In 1936 Dimbleby joined the BBC as a news reporter. In 1939 he accompanied the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) to France. After Dunkirk Dimbleby reported from the frontline in Egypt and Greece. He also flew 20 missions with RAF Bomber Command.

In 1945 Dimbleby was the first reporter to enter Belsen Concentration Camp.

After the war he became the main commentator on state occasions. This included the funerals of George VI and Winston Churchill. He was also managing director of the family newspaper business (1954-65) and presenter of BBC's Panorama (1955-63). Richard Dimbleby died of cancer in London on 22nd December 1965.

This is a fine typed letter on a 9.5" x 7" sheet of headed notepaper (May 9th, 1956) to a Mrs Troke, who has invited him to the ceremony at which she will be made Lymington's first woman mayor. Dimbledby declines with the greatest regret and explains that he has a regular BBC commitment every Wednesday in London. He ends by saying "You will be in command of a lovely borough and I am sure you will serve it admirably as its first citizen." There's a good signature in blue ink at the conclusion.
One horizontal and one vertical correspondence fold. There's a 1" split at the left end on the horizontal fold and a scattering of handling "dings" down the left edge but overall condition is good.
Richard Dimbleby signed material is surprisingly scarce. Facsimile signed photographs were generally sent out to admirers who wrote to ask for an autograph.