An East Midlands editor has retired after a decade with the same paper.
It is not yet clear at this stage whether David will be replaced.
Friend Peter Jordan, who worked with the 65-year-old on the Nottingham Evening Post, said he was a great journalist and someone who you could trust your life with.
Dawn Sweeney, MD of JP subsidiary Wilfred Edmunds Ltd which runs the Ilkeston Advertiser, said he had a fantastic nose for news and paid tribute to his dedication and great ideas.
Staff sent him off with champagne, chocolate cake and a small gathering of friends and ex-colleagues.
The Ilkeston Advertiser is thought to be planning a four-week trial of covering stories from the neighbouring Long Eaton patch, vacated by Trinity Mirror last month when it closed three weekly titles there.