JFK memories relived 50 years on

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Former US President John F. Kennedy © Wikipedia/Creative Commons

Former US President John F. Kennedy © Wikipedia/Creative Commons

Where were you when JFK was shot?

For many reading this, of course you are too young to have an answer, but for those who were alive at the time it remains a vivid memory.

Indeed, that question became synonymous with one of the most traumatic episodes in American history.

The murder of US President John F. Kennedy was an event that stunned the world, and as the 50th anniversary of his shocking assassination in Dallas approaches this Friday, we went out onto the streets of Liverpool to ask people for their recollections

The most interesting and inspiring story to emerge was that of Des Evans from Wallasey. His memories should strike a chord with our trainee reporters.

The 76-year-old told JMU Journalism: “I remember the day like it was yesterday, I was actually working for the Liverpool Echo and Evening Express newspaper in the old Daily Post and Echo building. I worked nights, and I was in the newsroom when the story had come through to us.

“We held an immediate news conference and the staff started to flood into the office. It was one of the biggest stories there had been since I started working at the Evening Express, which was on my 15th birthday in 1952.

How the Liverpool Daily Post reported the assassination of John F. Kennedy © Trinity Mirror

How the Liverpool Daily Post reported the assassination of John F. Kennedy © Trinity Mirror

“It was an unbelievable situation. My memory is going, but that day will never leave my mind. Kennedy was such a nice man, and he was such a powerful leader. I know it’s coming up to the 50th anniversary soon, and it just makes me think of when I was a young trainee journalist.

“It’s when things like that happen that I want to go back to when I was a young journalist because everything is different every day, and it’s always something that I enjoyed extremely.”

Des was not the only one with a tale to tell.

Scroll through the comments below to read the reactions of others to the momentous news back on November 22nd, 1963.

Reporting by: Lauren Cordelle; Helen Healy; Kirsty McColgan; Aimée Hamilton; Gemma Brezinski & Jack Birch.

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