A former weekly editor who once made national headlines for refusing to remove his trademark trilby in a pub has died aged 77.
After retiring from journalism, Colin found himself in the news in 2006 after refusing a request to remove his trilby hat in a pub in Hereford on the grounds that it obscured his face from the pub’s CCTV cameras.
“When I started as a journalist it used to be de-facto to have a belted coat and a trilby and in those days I had both,” he said at the time.
Described by one former colleague as the “scourge of Herefordshire Council”, Colin would also frequently smoke cigars at the Journal’s offices in violation of the company’s no smoking rule.
In recent years he suffered a series of health setbacks, enduring open heart surgery and later bowel cancer.
Vince Bufton, who edited the Ludlow and Tenbury Wells Advertisers in the 1990s, told the Hereford Times : “He was a thoroughly professional journalist who took great pride in his work. A lively colleague, sharp-witted, humorous and one who suffered no nonsense.
“If he asked a direct question he wanted a direct answer – and usually got it. He was warm-hearted and generous and wonderfully loyal to his friends.”
Former PR manager George Thomas said: “Colin had a great work ethic and would never let a good news story fall by the wayside.
“He was a great character, a great companion and a damned good newsman. He was the scourge of Herefordshire Council.”
Ian Morris, assistant editor at the rival Times, added: “We all enjoyed his old-school ways despite the many jibes he made towards the HT on his pages, But it was all done in the right spirit, he was a great character.”
Colin, who died last weekend, is survived by his wife Judy and his three children.