Posted by: The Prince of Whales | January 28, 2011

Bert Hackett Retrospective


 

As relevant today was it was almost 10 years ago

 

Back in the day, one of the highlights of reading the daily paper was the cartoons. A simple and insightful perspective on a major news story that could have you rolling around, or reaching for your hankie, in the blink of an eye. Now as many of us consume our news on the web, we miss out on this aspect of news coverage.

What many Moseley folk don’t know is that one of the country’s leading cartonists, Bert Hackett, lives here in our midst and is a regular at the Prince. Indeed I am honoured to call Bert a friend of mine.

Bert spent 40 years producing a daily cartoon for The Birmingham Post and created more than 7000 cartoons!

Having listened to the news on the radio and absorbed stories from other papers and magazines, Bert would travel into town on the 50 bus every day, arriving at his desk at about 6pm. He then had until about 7.30pm to come up with a few rough sketch ideas and get one approved by the editor. Once approved, he would work on the final drawing and finish by about 10pm.

Bert drinks in the Prince 2 or 3 nights a week and has done for a long time. So in tribute to his work, we have a collection of his more recent cartoons on display in the Snug. Bush, Blair, Brown … they are all there. The exhibition is free and if you want to talk to Bert about his work, why not come along next Wednesday at 8pm and enjoy a free glass of wine.

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