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Ex-reporter who moved into PR dies aged 54

A former North-West local press journalist who later held senior public sector PR roles in the region has died after a short and sudden illness.

Amanda Nelson started her career with the Wirral News Group as a trainee journalist in 1972.

The 54-year-old then spent a short time as a copywriter with Brunnings Agency before joining the Chester Chronicle as a senior reporter.

She gave up work full-time to start a family but continued to contribute articles to the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo, Wirral Globe and Wirral News Group papers before becoming a feature writer with monthly magazine Candis.

Amanda then moved into public relations when she became a press officer, first for Merseyside Police, and then Cheshire County Council where she was launch editor of in-house magazine Our Cheshire and Your Cheshire which was aimed at local residents.

Her out of work interests included cycling, walking, poetry and the theatre.

Coun Nora Dolphin said: “Everyone who knew Amanda within the county council would like to send their deepest condolences to Amanda’s husband Frank and family.

“Her determination, drive and expertise made both Our Cheshire and Your Cheshire publications extremely successful.

“Amanda will be deeply missed by her many friends within the county council.”

Amanda is survived by her husband Frank, three children Leo, Lauire and Maeve and one grandchild.


Vanessa Greatorex (27/11/2008 21:53:14)
I worked with Amanda for nearly a decade, and always loved meeting up with her when we ceased to be colleagues. She was a very special person, as everyone in the packed church at her memorial service could testify. Thanks for writing this piece about her. If anyone deserves to be remembered, she does.