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'Public face' of the Standard has died at 68

Weekly newspaper photographer Gordon “Gordy” Brotherton has died, aged 68.

He was well known as the public face of the Sleaford Standard after serving 40 years with the newspaper and its sister publications in Lincolnshire.

Gordon had been suffering from poor health for some tome.

During his 40 years with the Standard group, now owned by Johnston Press, he worked with nine editors and around 60 reporters and was involved in three office moves around the town.

Standard editor John Lavery said: “He was a real character who always found time to chat to people. Indeed, meeting people was one of the aspects of the job he most enjoyed.

“An excellent photographer, he had also left a unique and lasting photographic legacy of the past 40 years.”

HoldtheFrontPage publisher Patrick Astill, who worked with Gordon as an indentured trainee, said: “He knew the patch like the back of his hand and was one of these journalists who went out on one story and came back with half a dozen more, with pictures to go with them.

“His sense of humour and loyalty to his readership were what made him so special.”

Photography was not only his work, but was also Gordon’s life passion – and many press photographers over the years have benefited from working alongside him for guidance and advice he was happy to give.

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