Nimrod Ping (19 September 1947 - 3 July 2006) was a British architect, politician and gay activist in Brighton, East Sussex, England.

Nimrod Ping
Born19 September 1947
Died3 July 2006
EducationRoyal Grammar School, High Wycombe
Cardiff University
OccupationArchitect, politician, gay activist
Sainsbury's store at Lewes Road, Brighton, designed by Nimrod Ping

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

After attending the Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe from 1964 to 1966 he studied architecture at Cardiff University.[1]

CareerEdit

As an architect, he designed a Sainsbury's supermarket in Lewes Road, Brighton.[2]

PoliticsEdit

Ping served as a councillor at Brighton Borough Council (now Brighton and Hove City Council) for eight years from 1991 to 1999.[3] He became chairman of the council's planning committee and of its licensing committee.[2] Thanks to his unusual name, he achieved national fame after the BBC Radio 2 presenter Terry Wogan used his name as scale against which to compare other interesting names.[2]

He was one of the first openly gay councillors in Britain.[3] He took part in Brighton's Pride events for a number of years.[2] He convinced other councillors to allow gay clubs in Brighton to stay open after midnight.[4]

He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in the late 1990s.[3] He became known locally as the face of southern England's hepatitis C campaign.[5]

Originally a Labour Party supporter, he joined the Green Party a few months before his death.[6]

DeathEdit

Ping died of hepatitis-related liver failure in 2006.[2] His funeral took place at St Margaret's Church in Rottingdean on 20 July 2006,[7] where his gravestone reads '"Architect, Musician and Troublemaker" Arrived late, left too early, d. 3 July 2006'.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Royal Grammar School High Wycombe: School List for Autumn Term 1965
  2. ^ a b c d e "Tributes to former councillor". The Argus. 5 July 2006. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  3. ^ a b c Cohen, Benjamin (5 July 2006). "Gay campaigner Nimrod Ping dies aged 46". Pink News. Archived from the original on 26 September 2011. Retrieved 11 October 2008.
  4. ^ Janet Cameron, LGBT Brighton & Hove, Amberley Publishing Limited, 2013 [1]
  5. ^ Trust, Hepatitis C. "Hepatitis C Trust | News | Awareness campaign highlights blood disease-Brighton Argus". hepctrust-archive.nam.org.uk. Archived from the original on 16 January 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Gay campaigner Nimrod Ping dies aged 46". PinkNews. Retrieved 16 January 2017. Mr Ping was one of the first Brighton councillors to come out and defected from the Labour party to the Greens in January of this year.
  7. ^ Rose Collis, Death and the City: The nation's experience, told through Brighton's history, Hanover Press, 2013, p. 29 [2]