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Former weekly editor killed in road accident

A former local newspaper editor who covered some of the biggest incidents in a town’s history has been killed in a car crash.

Roger Green, 77, who went on to become a councillor, joined Archant title the Wisbech Standard in the 1950s.

During his time at the paper he covered the Wisbech floods of 1978 in which one person died and a quarter of the town went underwater, and the Harrier crash in 1979 in which two men and a boy were killed.

Roger was killed on Monday in a two-vehicle collision on the A47 Wisbech bypass on the Cambridgshire/Norfolk border.

After joining the paper, he became sports editor for 11 years and then editor for 21 years, succeeding his father. He took early retirement in the 1980s when the Thomson group took over from the previous owners, the Sharman family.

Brian Asplin former editor of the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard said: “Roger was a genuine lover and supporter of Wisbech.

“I worked with him during his 21 years as editor and he always fought for what he thought was good for the town. He was in charge of the paper during its most successful period.

“He was a good leader and a good ambassador for the paper and the people. He continued that when he became a successful councillor.

“Being a newspaper man, he shunned the headlines and worked diligently and gained a well deserved reputation.”

“One big decision that absolutely staggered me was when Bowthorpe Maternity Hospital was threatened with closure, and we were looking for something special to do in the battle to save it.

“Roger called with an idea – to have a picture on the front page of a baby being born. I told him it couldn’t be done, the hospital wouldn’t allow it. But we did it, and it was superb.”

Journalists trained by Roger, also a former talent scout for Reading FC, include Bob Crawley, editorial director of Archant London, Chris Lakey, head of sport at Archant Norfolk, and Simon Caney, editor-in-chief of Sport magazine and

Outside of his work, Roger was chairman of Fenland Council’s planning committee and a member of the Golden Age Committee which is earning national recognition for its work among the over 60s.


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  • July 20, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Roger was my first editor back in 1968 and a good man. He will be sadly missed.

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  • July 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Roger continued to be highly relevant to the region. They are holding silences at Fenland District Council prior to council business in his memory.
    Steve Armourae (editor Wisbech Post)

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  • July 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    As a former advertisement manager for the Wisbech Standard, I worked very closely with Roger for over ten years. Although, inevitably, we had our minor disagreements at times when formulating the following week’s edition – editorial content versus advertising in deciding the number of pages, I found Roger a very fair-minded and professional editor. We always worked extremely well together and I reiterate all the fine tributes whch have been paid to him. Roger worked extremely hard, not only for the newspaper but for the town of Wisbech, the Football Club and his duties as Councillor and a former Mayor.
    I was very shocked on hearing the sad news last week whilst attending a Probus meeting. He will be sadly missed and will be remembered as one of Wisbech’s finest ambassadors.
    John Graham

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