Culture Club

Issue 98

Ben Broadhead - E. Turnbull & Son.

Ben Broadhead is a Director and a seventh-generation family member of North Shields funeral directors E Turnbull & Son. Founded in 1790 by John Turnbull as a cabinet making business on North Shields Fish Quay, E Turnbull & Son Funeral Directors has since evolved into a well-respected funeral care provider.

Here Ben tells us about his taste in music, art and culture.

Who is your favourite author and why?

Dr. Bob Rotella. He is a sports psychologist who has authored numerous books on psychology, with a specific focus on the psychology of golf. I find it fascinating to delve into the mental aspects of the game and many of the insights can be applied to everyday life as well.

“Get good at staying in the present moment and give every shot the same equal level of importance. You stay in the present moment.”

What would be your three Desert Island Discs?

Dire Straits – Money for Nothing

Dr Dre – Still Dre

Armand Van Helden – You Don’t Know Me

Who is your favourite film star and why?

Tom Hanks, one of the best!

What are your top three films?

Tell me about them…

Captain Phillips – incredibly compelling and plenty of edge of the seat tension all the way through.

Wolf of Wall Street -a powerhouse performance from Dicaprio and Scorsese’s brilliantly energetic direction make it a fantastic watch. Tremendously entertaining if you’re in the right mood.

The Hurt Locker – powerful, alluring, and eyeopening. A real deep dive into the personal cost of being good at a really tough job.

Which poem left a lasting impression on you?

In my line of work, I hear many beautiful poems. One of my favourites is “A Long Cup of Tea” by Michael Ashby. A poem with a typically British outlook, he is very matter of fact about death, just so long as the kettle’s on where he is heading. He manages to humanise death, most memorably through the opening words “Death is too negative for me so I’ll be popping off for a long cup of tea.”

What box sets have you enjoyed?

Happy Valley, Kin and Succession.

Who is your favourite artist or performer?

Kevin Bridges – hilarious and many of his stories I can relate to with being the same age. His ability to work the hecklers and get the best out of the situation is genius.

What is your favourite venue?

It has to be St James’ Park. Some fantastic moments of late but the atmosphere when we played against PSG was electric and something I will never forget. A special evening to be a part of with my Dad and Brother.

Which musical instrument do you particularly enjoy?

Saxophone especially when accompanied by some classic house music.

From the world of Arts and Culture who would be your ideal dinner party guests?

Amanda Staveley, Louis Theroux, Peter Kay and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Contact E Turnbull & Son on 0191 257 1201 or email

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