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Deputy news editor who spent almost 40 years with daily dies aged 72

A journalist who spent almost 40 years with a regional daily and rose to become its deputy news editor has died aged 72.

Tributes have been paid to Alan Calvert, described in his former newspaper the Bolton News as a “fierce supporter of local journalism”.

Alan began his career as a reporter at the News in May 1966, and remained there until his retirement in March 2005.

During his time there he held a variety of roles including pop music writer, police reporter, deputy news editor, business editor, deputy features editor, Looking Back editor, weekly columnist, greyhound correspondent and table tennis writer.

Alan Calvert reporting from Kuwait in 1991

Alan Calvert reporting from Kuwait in 1991

An obituary in the News states: “One of his early duties was taking the daily temperature at noon and 2pm on the roof of the Mealhouse Lane headquarters.

“Big stories covered by Mr Calvert included the town hall fire in 1981 and reporting from the Kuwait desert in the aftermath of the first Gulf War.

“His interests included pub quizzes and table tennis.”

Originally from Lancashire’s Fylde Coast, Alan had lived in the Bolton suburb of Harwood.

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  • November 15, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Oh my!! Alan Calvert was one of the most wonderful people I ever met and worked with. In my two stints on the BEN, he was Chief Reporter from 1969 to 1972 and Deputy News Editor while I was Local Government Correspondent from 1973 to 1976. Great fun, great table tennis player with a mean forehand, great writer, great motivator and a great partner to Mel Horrocks, the News Editor. Well, just great really. The Newsroom in the Sky is filling up with the people I leaned so much from and thank for their generosity and leadership. You taught me, literally, everything I know. I hope there will be a vacancy in this Newsroom for one more when my time comes fellas. Just don’t ask me to rewrite everything I file! Alan, God bless and rest in peace.

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