23 July 2014

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Newspaper proprietor, 92, injured in road accident

A veteran weekly newspaper proprietor was taken to hospital by air ambulance when he was injured in a collision with a car.

Charles Curry, the owner of the New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times in Hampshire, had a lucky escape after managing to avoid any broken bones when he was struck by a car earlier this month.

The 92-year-old, pictured left with his injuries, was struck by a Ford Focus convertible as he directed another vehicle out of a driveway and his head cracked the car’s windscreen on impact.

Charles joined the newspaper when he was 16-years-old and took over from his father, also called Charles, as the owner-editor in 1966.

Following the collision, Charles was flown to Southampton General Hospital by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance with a head injury and cuts and bruises.

He was discharged from hospital the following day and is now recovering at home.

In a story in the paper about the incident, Charles said: “I think I’ve used up another of my nine lives.”

Charles was thought to be the oldest newspaper editor in the UK when he celebrated his 90th birthday in 2010 and he still writes a weekly column called Townsman.



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