A long-serving weekly editor is stepping down after 17 years in the role following a health scare.
He has now taken the decision to relinquish the editor’s role on health grounds although he hopes to return to the paper for a couple of days a week.
Roger’s 40-year career began at the then Staffordshire Evening Sentinel in 1973 and included stints at the Mercury Press Agency in Liverpool and the Bath Chronicle before he joined the Derbyshire Times in 1985.
Said Roger: “I had a health scare last year and the demands of the job these days are greater than ever, so it’s time to take things easier and do more of the things I want to do, especially with our first grandchild having arrived in April.”
“I’ve had a great career and worked with some wonderful people, covering stories such as the Winter of Discontent, the end of the 1984/5 miners’ strike, just as I arrived in Chesterfield, reporting on Liverpool and Everton matches while at Mercury Press and tracking down the Beast of Brassknocker Hill while working in Bath!
“Like most in my generation of journalists, I reckon we were privileged to be working in the golden age of newspapers, when stories could be given the in-depth treatment they deserved.
“I’ve also greatly enjoyed my time in Littlehampton, in a role I was told needed me to be fully involved in the community, something I took to heart. ”
During his time in Littlehampton he helped launch the town’s business partnership and business awards, lobbied the hovernment with an open letter on the front page supporting a bid for regeneration cash, and started up a church page and volunteer column.
His 28 years with the Gazette and the DT make him one of the longest-serving journalists in the Johnston Press group.