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Funeral details announced for editor lost to cancer

The funeral of a former regional journalist who went on to launch newspapers around the world will be held on Monday.

Tony Metcalf (pictured), who worked on the Northern Echo for 13 years, died on Sunday after losing a battle with cancer.

After leaving the Echo in 2000, he went on to enjoy a stellar career in international journalism as editor-in-chief of Metro International, overseeing Metro launches in Toronto, Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Hong Kong and Seoul.

He also worked for a short time as head of journalism at Darlington College and for the past five years had been editor-in-chief of Metro US, overseeing the group’s Boston, Philadelphia and New York editions.

The father-of-two he died at St Teresa’s Hospice, Darlington, at the weekend aged 50.  Tributes have been paid by his former colleagues in a piece in the Echo.

His funeral will be held at 2pm on Monday at at All Saints Church in Manfield, near Darlington. The service will be followed by a celebration of his life at 4.30pm at Redworth Hall Hotel.