A daily newspaper pulled its Baby of the Year supplement today as a mark of respect to mum-to-be Claire Wilson who was killed on Sunday.
Alan McMullan, 53, was due to appear at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court today charged with the murder of the 21-year-old, who worked for the Grimsby Telegraph’s classified department from 2006 until 2008.
Her baby girl, which had been due to be born in September, did not survive the town centre attack.
Today the Telegraph postponed its planned Baby of the Year supplement as a mark of respect to Claire’s family. It will now appear on Thursday.
Claire worked in the paper’s classified department from July 2006 to March 2007, and returned in November 2007 until March 2008.
Mark Price, managing director of the Grimsby and Scunthorpe Media Group (GSMG), said: “Claire had many friends within GSMG who are shocked and saddened by the news. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to all of Claire’s relatives and friends.”
Telegraph reporter Jenna Thompson worked with Claire at Pizza Hut before joining the newsroom, and the pair were close friends.
She said: “Claire was one of the sweetest and most fun people I have ever known. She would have been a brilliant mum. She would brighten up my day every time I saw her.”
A statement on the paper’s website thisisgrimsby.co.uk said: “Out of respect for Claire and her family, the Grimsby Telegraph did not think it was appropriate to run our planned Baby Of The Year supplement today.
“We apologise for those who were expecting it. It will now appear in the paper on Thursday.”