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Sir Donald Gosling, genial entrepreneur who turned bomb-sites into National Car Parks and was a strong supporter of naval causes – obituary

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Sir Donald Gosling, genial entrepreneur who turned bomb-sites into National Car Parks and was a strong supporter of naval causes – obituary
The Queen accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh presents Sir Donald Gosling with a flag during a ceremony at Windsor Castle to install him as Vice Admiral of the United Kingdom, 2012

Sir Donald Gosling, who has died aged 90, was the co-founder of National Car Parks, and, from 2012, Vice Admiral of the United Kingdom.

The prospects of fortune from car parking did not immediately look bright when Don Gosling and his business partner Ronald Hobson joined forces in 1950. They first met when Gosling, recently demobbed from the Navy, was a trainee surveyor with Westminster City Council – and Hobson came to inquire about planning permission for a car park on a bombsite at Red Lion Square in Holborn which he had acquired for £200. The pair became friends, and a few months later they set up Central Car Parks to operate the Holborn venture.

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