Nine members of the “famous class of ‘76” sit shoulder-to-shoulder around a table in Le Mercury, a French restaurant in Islington. They are graduates from the first class ever to receive journalism diplomas from City after their tutor Tom Welsh established the programme in 1976.

The rare slant of afternoon sun catches the wine and olive oil bottles on shelves and tables, refracting onto the yellow and blue walls as the group chatters over the glug of wine, chink of glasses and the clink of cutlery.

Like all good journalists before them, the ‘76 alumni seem adamant to convince me that the glory days of journalism are over. But they’ve come together to share with us their favourite memories from their time at City:

Read the full feature in this year’s XCity magazine.

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