Parkinson to be guest speaker at charity lunch

Sir Michael Parkinson, the SJA President, will be the guest speaker at the annual lunch for the Journalists’ Charity in Birmingham.

Sir Michael Parkinson, the SJA President, with two of the winners at the 2010 British Sports Awards, Colin Montgomerie (left) and AP McCoy

The event also happens to coincide with Sir Michael’s celebration of 60 years in journalism.

Parkinson was 16 when he started on local newspapers in Yorkshire before joining the Manchester Guardian and, later, the Daily Express.

He has continued to work across print, radio and television throughout a career that saw him become the foremost TV chat show host.

The lunch, which has been held since 1993 when the charity was known as the Newspaper Press Fund, takes place on June 22 at the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston.

Laurie Upshon, the charity’s regional chairman, said: “We have always managed to attract top quality speakers to our Birmingham lunch – and they don’t come any more popular than Sir Michael… I am confident that it will be sold out very quickly.”

Tickets for the lunch cost £45, which includes a three-course meal, and a 10% discount is available for tables of ten booked before the end of April at £400.

For more details, email