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Retired weekly editor and daily sub dies at 75

A former weekly editor and “first class” page designer has died following an illness.

Keith Charlton, who edited the Widnes Weekly News, was a “newspaper man through and through” who started at the title as an 18-year-old apprentice in 1956.

He went on to work as a sub-editor for both the Liverpool Echo and Daily Post, as well as reporting on both rugby union and golf.

He died, aged 75, at Whiston Hospital earlier this month.

Former Weekly News series editor Ray Miller worked alongside Keith for many years, and paid tribute to his old friend.

“Professionally, Keith was a top-drawer sub-editor and an altogether highly respected newspaper man,” he said.

“Keith loved his sport, particularly rugby and for many years he was a member of Widnes Golf Club despite never picking up a club, he just loved the social side of it all.

“He was an absolute pleasure to work alongside and had a fantastic sense of humour, he was both a wonderful friend and colleague.

“He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.”

His nephew Neil Dutton said his uncle had always been very proud to have worked for the Weekly News.

“He was a newspaper man through and through and was very passionate about Widnes,” he added.

“He was a wonderful man and the whole family is very sad to see him pass.”

A funeral for Keith was held last week.