Neil, who also edited the Northants Telegraph, has taken up the role of communities content editor with Johnston Press South Midlands, of which the both titles are a part, under the company’s “newsroom of the future” initiative.
Alex, who is leaving for a new role in PR, penned a farewell comment to thank readers for their support in yesterday’s edition – his 583rd with the Mail.
He wrote: “For me, working at the Mail and writing about this beautiful town of Market Harborough – my home for the past six years – has been much more than just a job. It’s felt like a calling.
“Our loyal and passionate readers who clearly care deeply about the town have always inspired and driven me to do better.
“I would like to thanks the two editors I’ve worked for – Brian Dodds and Neil Pickford – who have both guided me over the years.
“But mainly, I would like to thank you, the readers, who have always – rightly – demanded thorough, accurate and incisive reporting while trying to shed light in dark corners.”
In his own note to Mail readers, Neil added: “I am sad to be leaving my current role, but my new job includes working on many aspects of this newspaper, along with more than a dozen others in the region.
“I may nor longer be the editor, but I will still be involved, and wish my successor Chris Lillington all the best for the future.
“Thank you for your support.”