A regional editor joked that he had sacked his long-serving deputy after a less-than-flattering review of his performance on stage.
Northern Echo boss Peter Barron took to the stage at Darlington’s Civic Theatre last night to play his illustrious predecessor WT Stead in a production of ‘Titanic: The Musical.’
The show was reviewed in today’s newspaper by deputy editor Chris Lloyd, who remarked that Peter’s performance had been “more wooden than WT Stead’s original chair.”
It led to a humourous exchange on the microblogging site Twitter in which Peter joked that he had exiled Chris to the paper’s district office in Bishop Auckland.
The series of exchanges began when Peter commented: “Just read The Northern Echo’s take on Titanic: The Musical last night. It raves about the show but not about this editor’s performance…”
Regional MD David Coates then sent Peter a tongue-in-cheek message on Twitter asking whether any disciplinary action against Chris was pending.
Peter replied: “He’s now working in our Bishop Auckland office.”
To clarify matters, he later Tweeted: “For the one or two who didn’t catch the irony. I haven’t really sacked Chris Lloyd for his review of me in Titanic. It was a joke…”
WT Stead, who is credited by Peter with laying the foundations of the Echo as a campaigning newspaper, died on the supposedly unsinkable vessel after it struck an iceberg on its maiden voyage in 1912.
Peter was asked to play him in the Darlington Operatic Society’s current production which marks the 100th anniversary of the tragedy.