Unlike the operational world of pubs, bars and restaurants, the turnover of individuals who work on Pub & Bar magazine is extremely low. It figures – writing about the on-trade is a pretty good gig for a journalist to get, don’t you think?
Of course, the ship can’t sail steadily indefinitely and at some points we have to part ways with valued members of the Pub & Bar team as they move onto new horizons. I’m sad to say we have reached one of those points. As we wave goodbye to 2017 through our last issue of the year, we also say a fond farewell to our esteemed deputy editor, Charlie Whitting.
Ordinarily, I wouldn’t dedicate the focus of this page to one of our own, but, as so many of you will know, Charlie has been an invaluable part of Pub & Bar since beginning as a staff writer back in 2012. Over the past five years, he has helped shape the quality and content of this magazine through his feature writing, hounding of property agents and numerous lead interview articles that have seen him travel the country on a quest for good stories. Hundreds, if not thousands, of our readers will have spoken to Charlie at some point over the years, and will have quickly formed a strong relationship with a humorous chap who cares dearly about the industry and, more importantly, putting market issues to rights over a couple of decent pints of ale.
The amount of time he spent in trade while working on Pub & Bar makes me tired just thinking about it. Somehow Charlie could produce impressive volumes of engaging copy to deadline, while simultaneously pressing the flesh at numerous industry events – no doubt where many of you will have got to know him (ever-recognisable through his sharp attire and trademark hats, of course).
However, all is not lost, dear reader, as we have a wonderful deputy editor in waiting, ready to fill Charlie’s brogues. Rosanna Spence, who became features editor on Pub & Bar earlier this year, is diligently receiving the baton from our man and is ready to hit the ground running. On behalf of Rosanna and the rest of the Pub & Bar team, I say thank you to Charlie for all of his hard work over the years and wish him luck for his new life in Australia. For this occasion, it seems fitting that we don’t say goodbye, but, as the man himself so often chimes, ‘cheerio’.
Tristan O’Hana - Group Editor