A former journalist who helped to run a regional news agency has died at the age of 78 after a long illness.
Ted Elkins, left, helped run the Sunderland News Agency with his father, worked for a number of newspapers and set up a PR company during career, which spanned more than 50 years.
He began as a journalist in the 1950s with the news agency and later moved to Manchester to work for a national newspaper before relocating to Canada, where he was taken on by the Vancouver Sun.
On returning to the UK, Ted wrote a number of books about the brewing industry then set up a PR company in Northamptonshire, while also launching a newspaper for the licensed victuallers’ charity.
Ted died after a long illness in December and his wife Elizabeth has paid tribute to him.
Books written by Ted included So They Brewed Their Own Beer about the history of the Northern Clubs and Federation Brewery, and Our Trade, the story of the major associations of interest to the licensed victualler. He also spent time working for the BBC in TV and radio.
After launching his PR company, his clients included Carlsberg, along with a number of other major companies and hotel chains.
Said Elizabeth: “At the same time, he set up and ran a profitable newspaper for the licensed victuallers’ charity.
“He was a passionate gardener at his 16th century home in Northamptonshire and spent much of his spare time visiting champagne houses in France, and writing prolifically on the subject.
“He was also interested in pottery and made Toby Jugs for Prince Philip and jockey Lester Piggott.”
Ted is survived by Elizabeth, his two children and three grandchildren.