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Further tributes to Peter Moore

Further tributes have been paid to former Grimsby Telegraph editor Peter Moore, who died last week aged 61.

The funeral has been confirmed for Tuesday October 12 at St James’ Parish Church, Grimsby, at 12.45pm.

During his time with the paper, the Telegraph became a trend-setter, demonstrating that a local newspaper can be the people’s champion, campaigning on behalf of local interests and reflecting the life of the community.

Always a sporting enthusiast, Peter Moore became well known in Hull and the East Riding for his coverage of horse racing and associated matters. His weekly Sports Mail column – Racing Gossip – was essential reading for followers of the sport.

From sub-editing and sports reporting, he graduated to deputy chief sub-editor in 1968, and then to chief sub-editor, a role he filled with distinction until 1979 when there came another move, this time further down the corridor to the office marked assistant editor.

November 1982, saw his appointment as editor of the Grimsby Telegraph, following the retirement of Frank Shelton.

Frank said: “Peter dedicated his many skills, enthusiasm, common sense and great humour to furthering the cause and causes of Grimsby, Cleethorpes and district and ever advancing the role of the Telegraph as an integral part of a much-changing community.

“He faced challenges with gusto and did a great deal to widen the scope of public participation in local affairs alongside successfully exploiting technological advances.

“He was fortunately always mindful of local tradition and sensibilities, displaying an appropriate degree of fearlessness when the public interest required this.

“He was a very good editor and was also a nice chap to know.”

Neil Fowler, former editor of the Lincolnshire Echo and the Derby Evening Telegraph and now publisher and chief executive officer of the Toronto Sun newspaper in Canada, said: “I was fortunate to be a colleague of Peter’s both in Northcliffe Newspapers and in the region.

“He epitomised what a great regional editor should be – at one with his community, knowing exactly what his readers wanted and not afraid to stand up for them.

“And as a man he was a genuine character – funny, irreverent, loyal and always most kind. You always left him feeling better.”

Peter’s former assistant, Stuart Russell, who went to school with him and then work with him over 40 years, remembered “a man who had time for people”.

He added: “Peter was a journalist’s journalist, a good bloke, a great professional, a man without “side”.

“In a career which saw massive changes in the newspaper industry, Peter helped alter the value of the pound on world markets, showed national newspapers that the locals were not the dimwits in the sticks that many would have us believe, fought hard for the rights of ordinary people and, above all, repeatedly demonstrated his belief in Grimsby and its people.”

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