A former weekly newspaper reporter who became a journalist when she was in her 60s has died in hospital at the age of 90.
Eileen Buxton was already in her mid-60s when she landed a post as a freelance village correspondent and feature writer for the weekly Skegness News, soon after it was launched by publishers and printers Mortons of Horncastle.
She then became a part-time staff writer, during which time she wrote a light-hearted column, which became one of the most popular features of the paper.
She has now died at Nottingham City Hospital and former Skegness News editor Jim Wright has paid tribute to her.
He said: “As well as being a brilliant interviewer and writer, Eileen was always immensely enthusiastic.
“She was happy to sit through entire council meeting even if – as often happened – they stretched long in to the evening.
“To her, it was always a source of pride, happiness and gratitude that, at long last, the opportunity had arisen for her to fulfil her schoolgirl ambition to become a journalist.
“Eileen made a huge contribution to the newspaper scene on the Lincolnshire Coast.”
Eileen was a keen sports fan and in her younger days, had regularly attended Nottingham Forest football matches and she also loved watching Wimbledon.