Freddie Stephen: freelance reporter

More than 500 people attended the funeral of archetypal stringer Freddie Stephen who has died, aged 79, after a long illness in Stonehaven, Scotland.

Stephen worked predominantly as a freelance for The Press and Journal , Dundee Courier and Aberdeen Evening Express.

Although essentially a full-time journalist, he somehow found the time to run Stonehaven’s renowned Giulianotti’s confectioner, which specialised in hand-made ice cream.

He typified industrious small-town freelances – working from dawn to dusk, seven days a week – and frequently playing an active part in the many bodies and organisations that are the lifeblood of a local community.

A fervent motor sports enthusiast, Stephen launched what at the time was Scotland’s only motor sports magazine, the Scottish Clubman .

He is survived by his wife Rita, son Richard and daughter Marjory.

Hamish Mackay

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