Big cheese put his life story into print

Maurice Johnson, a Scarborough Lion and the UK marketing manager of a Swiss cheese company, with his newly published autobiography. 120122a
Maurice Johnson, a Scarborough Lion and the UK marketing manager of a Swiss cheese company, with his newly published autobiography. 120122a

MAURICE Johnson has had a varied career during his 82 years and now he has published his story in an autobiography.

The self-published volume is packed with photos – many with famous names – and he gave a copy to family members at a recent birthday celebration.

Speaking at his Foxholes home he said he would recommend anyone with an interesting story to get it in print.

He said: “I think people loved it. For me I did it for the younger family members, such as my nephews and neices, I don’t think they realised the career I’d had.

“I’d honestly say that if anyone has a story, they’ve had an interesting life and they’ve got some nice photographs, it’s a chance for people to preserve them.”

Maurice, who was born in Tindall Street and went to Scarborough Boys’ High School, started by working at a solicitor’s office in Queen Street before moving to the Rank Organisation and the Milk Marketing Board.

He now is the UK marketing manager for the Swiss cheeses and does not mind the “big cheese” label. He added: “They use it all the time.

“I was with the Rank Organisation and I was approached by the United Dairies Group.

“I was having trouble doing the hours because the work would go on until midnight and I was an early morning person. I moved jobs for my health’s sake – doing a job that got me out early in the morning and in at night-time.”

And before moving to his current Swiss post he handled all the major promotions for English cheeses.