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Old pals reunite as journalist returns to his first paper

A veteran reporter has returned to the weekly newspaper where he started his career 40 years ago to work alongside the man who replaced him.

David Carnduff, 61, has been appointed news editor and reporter with the Largs & Millport Weekly News alongside his successor Drew Cochrane, also 61, who is believed to be Britain’s longest serving editor after 39 years in the hot seat.

His return to the Ayrshire paper maintains a family connection that goes back more than 70 years to the beginning of the Second World War when his father Jim was a printer in the paper’s Main Street offices.

David originally left the Largs paper in 1974 to join the daily Greenock Telegraph, of which he later became editor before taking early retirement.

Drew Cochrane, left, welcomes back David Carnduff

“There is a popular Scottish television comedy, Still Game, which features two old characters, Jack and Victor. That’ll be our nicknames from now on,” said Drew, who took the editor’s job at the age of 22.

After a spell out of newspapers, David returned to journalism earlier this year with the Helensburgh Advertiser, a paper which he has also edited during his career.

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  • September 23, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Worst picture I have ever seen of either of you! But very best wishes to you both — I know it will be some partnership.

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