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Weekly editor bows out after 25 years on paper

A weekly editor has said farewell to her readers after a quarter of a century at one paper.

Vivien Meath has seen her last edition of the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times go to press after 25 years at the newspaper, the past six as editor.

Roy Prenton, currently editor of Leader-Times Newspapers, will assume responsibility for the title in addition to his current role.

Having spent 42 years in journalism, Vivien now hopes to spend more time with her family.

She told readers in a farewell editorial on Friday: “It has been a privilege to work at the Advertiser and Times and to be part of a special and exceptional community.

“I will take many memories with me, particularly becoming the first female editor, the move from broadsheet to tabloid, hitting a record weekly sale of 10,500 copies – and the launch of our website

“Our work experience programme has seen scores of local young people working alongside us and resulted in many pursuing careers in the industry. The staff at the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times have been the best – and I take pride in the fact many of our trainees have gone on to achieve prominence nationwide.

“Finally, my sincere thanks to our loyal readers and valued advertisers for their continued support of our extremely special local newspaper. Long may it continue.”