The photo shows the president of Middlesbrough Erimus Rotary Club ,David Jackson, on the left and Chris Lloyd on the right hand side.
Chris Lloyd the Chief Features Editor for the Northern Echo and Darlington and Stockton Times gave an excellent , enthusiastic and entertaining talk entitled ” Attacking the Devil and Sinking the Unsinkable : W T Stead and the Titanic ”
W T Stead an English newspaper editor who started his career at the Northern Echo and at the age of 22 as the editor of the Pall Mall Gazette was the pioneer of investigative journalism becoming a controversial figure in the Victorian era . He was instrumental in the Act of Parliament to raise the age of consent from 13 to 16 . Steads new journalism paved the way for the modern tabloid in Great Britain . He was influential in demonstrating how the press could be used to influence public opinion and government policy .
Stead died aboard the Titanic in its sinking and was considered to be one of the most famous Englishmen on board .