TTG co-founder Ted Kirkham passes away

Ted Kirkham

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing away of Ted Kirkham, the co-founder of the Travel Trade Gazette (TTG).

Kirkham, who turned 100 in February, launched TTG in 1953 with his business partner, Leslie Stone, and was the publication’s original editor.

CEO, TTG Media, Daniel Pearce said: “All of us at TTG Media are devastated today to hear of the sad passing of Ted Kirkham. As the founding editor of TTG, he set up the Travel Trade Gazette with Leslie Stone and was the driving force behind its huge growth throughout the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.”

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Kirkham passed away peacefully at his home in Kent on June 8, where he lived with his wife, Margaretha.

“Ted’s passing is obviously very sad but it was so great he got to the age of 100, received a personal card from the Queen and was still living at home with his wife Margaretha when he died,” said Pearce.

In celebration of Kirkham’s milestone birthday in February, Pearce and TTG editor, Sophie Griffiths, presented him with a special TTG Travel Award.

“We send our deepest condolences to Ted’s family, and to everyone who got to know him over his 100 years. All the very best to you, Ted, on your next journey,” Pearce concluded.