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Death of former sports editor

A former sports editor of The Citizen in Gloucester has died of cancer.

Jack Hughes, who worked at The Citizen for nearly 30 years, was 85.

Born in Stroud, he joined the staff of the Stroud News as a reporter in the early 1930s and progressed to the role of sports editor.

In 1953, just before the News merged with the Stroud Journal, he joined The Citizen as sports editor.

At The Citizen, Jack’s almost illegible handwriting, especially during production of the Pink ‘Un, was legendary.

It could only be read by certain typesetters – leading to some alarming interpretations of his headlines, which Jack corrected with good humour “on stone” before the paper was printed.

He retired in 1982.

Denis Mason, retired editor of the Stroud News and Journal, said: “I was sports editor of the Stroud Journal when Jack was sports editor of the News. We were fierce competitors but the best of friends.

“He was a first class journalist with a fantastic knowledge of local sport. We have lost one of the great stalwarts of Gloucestershire sports journalism.”

His funeral will be held at Cheltenham Crematorium on Wednesday, September 4.

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