Norman Martlew, one of the great publicists of the 1960s and 1970s, has died in a
North Wales nursing home, aged 85.
A former journalist on the Manchester Evening News and Manchester Guardian, Norman then joined the Daily Mirror in London before being made Press Officer for Littlewoods Pools in the early 60s when ‘Jackpot Winners’were seldom off the front page.
After a spell with The Ford Motor Company, he was then appointed Publicity Controller at The Rank Organisation’s Pinewood Studios, a position he held for many years dealing with internationally famous stars, Producers and Directors, when the company was the world’s largest entertainment Corporation.
Harrogate-based David Dawson, who worked at both Littlewoods Pools and Rank Films, said, ‘You didn’t work for Norman, you worked with him. Whichever yardstick you use,he was a truly great publicist of the ‘Old School’who understood how journalists worked and what they needed. He was a quiet, modest man whom people trusted.”
He leaves a widow, Helen, and two daughters, Susan and Diane.