Phil King

It is with great sadness that I report the death of our Councillor/North West Regional Executive Phil King.

I had known Phil through business and as a good friend since he became the Tourism & Attractions Director for Sefton Borough Council in 1977.  He was affectionately known as ‘Mr Southport’ both in showbusiness circles and through his hard work for many charities.  In 2012 he was awarded the BEM in the Queen’s Honours List for his outstanding work in the resort’s tourism and charity activities.  He was an Ambassador for PGF’s Roy Castle Fund (in aid of Cancer Research UK) and, of course, his hard work for our National Campaign for Courtesy.

Only a recently he appeared on BBC TV’s ‘Great British Railway Journeys’ programme when he was interviewed by Michael Portillo on Southport Pier.  He and Ken Dodd were close friends, as were so many showbusiness stars who all enjoyed the unrivalled hospitality that always awaited them when playing Southport Theatre.  The theatre world and many charities – not least our Campaign – have lost a most amicable character and friend.  He leaves two loves – his wife Maureen and daughter Sara.

Thank you Phil for being such an inspiration.

Peter Foot, chairman