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Heart attack claims former daily editor at 86

A former editor of a Scottish daily has died of a heart attack at the age of 86.

Derek Webster, left, became editor of the Daily Record in 1967 and during his time at the helm, he took the title to full-colour printing when the title moved to new premises in 1971, despite being colour-blind himself.

Before joining the Record, he served in the Navy then began his journalism career which saw him work at the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail.

Derek, who received a CBE for services to journalism, died on 27 December and tributes were paid to him at his funeral yesterday.

In a story about his funeral, Allan Rennie, editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror’s Media Scotland, wrote that Derek “lived an extraordinary life devoted to his profession, to his family…and to having fun.”

Derek moved the Record from Hope Street in Glasgow to Anderston Quay in 1971, which had full-colour printing and computer typesetting, and the building was opened by Princess Anne.

He became editor-in-chief of the Record and Sunday Mail and later became chairman of Mirror Group Newspapers in Scotland but stood down after battling Robert Maxwell over pensions, after he acquired the group.

Derek leaves his wife Dorothy, a journalist he met while northern editor of the Mirror in Manchester, and children Andrew, Nick, and Susie.