Tributes have been paid to an ‘outstanding’ and well-respected reporter who has died after a long battle with illness, aged 61.
Sheila Elgey, was best known for her role as assistant editor on the Malton and Pickering Mercury, where she worked for more than 20 years.
Sheila, who was chief reporter at the Hartlepool Mail’s Peterlee office for several years died on Monday 2 April.
Ed Asquith, editor of the Mercury and its sister title the Scarborough Evening News and editorial director of Yorkshire Regional Newspapers said: “Sheila was an outstanding local reporter, and a real character.
“She had tremendous knowledge of the area and earned great respect.
“She was an old-school journalist, very determined and passionate, as well as good company.
“Sheila remained indomitable to the end and never lost her sense of humour and quick wit.
He added: “She is missed by many friends and colleagues and, I know from comments I have received, by the whole community.”
Sheila is survived by her husband, Tony, and daughter, Caroline.