A new editor has been appointed to oversee seven weekly titles in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.
Chris Burton has taken on the role of editor at Johnston Press weeklies the Worksop Guardian, Retford Trader Guardian in Notts, Dinnington Guardian in South Yorkshire, the Worksop Trader, the Dinnington Trader, the Gainsborough News and the Gainsborough Standard in Lincs.
He takes over from James Mitchinson who is now group editor for Johnston Press weekly titles in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire and also editor of the Grantham Journal.
Chris, pictured left, paid tribute to his “legendary” first editor, George Robinson, who retired from the Worksop Guardian editorship to run a toy business last year.
He said: “I was lucky enough to work for former Guardian editor George Robinson, who is a legendary figure both at the Guardian and in local papers generally.”
“And it was from George, and others at the Guardian, that I first learned what it means to be a journalist on a local newspaper. Lessons I took with me to the various other places I’ve worked at.”
Chris originally joined the Worksop Guardian series in 2002, rising to become news editor before leaving to become deputy editor of the Gainsborough Standard newspaper in Lincolnshire.
He originally returned to the Guardian as assistant editor to George in 2008, before going on to work for other newspapers including the Sheffield Star, where he was a production editor.
Added Chris: “It’s a huge honour to be given the job of Guardian editor – especially because, having started here, I consider the paper to be my ‘home’.”
“Worksop people have never been shy about telling us exactly what they think about our paper, and I certainly hope that will continue.
“But what is for sure is the town has always demanded a strong and vibrant newspaper, and the Guardian team have always worked hard to give them just that.”
“I’m delighted to see that great work has been carried on since I was here last, and I promise we’ll be doing everything to ensure it stays that way.”