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‘Newsroom legend’ celebrates 35 years with weekly

Gay BoltonA “newsroom legend” has celebrated 35 years working at a weekly newspaper.

Gay Bolton, of the Derbyshire Times, has marked the milestone with colleagues at the Chesterfield-based weekly on Wednesday.

Gay, pictured, started out at the Times as a senior reporter in 1983, and later became a sub-editor and entertainments editor.

She now works as part of the community content team and writes its weekly Places and Faces column which sees her visiting people, organisations and community groups across Derbyshire to tell their stories.

Gay told the Times: “When I started I was one of the youngest in the editorial office – now I’m the oldest.”

A piece marking her milestone describes her as “mother of the newsroom” and a Times “legend”.

In it, she answered five questions about her time there and described the biggest change she had seen in the industry over the years as “the shift from hot metal composition to typewriters and computers”.

Offering her advice to budding journalists, she added: “Send reports, comment pieces, photos and anything which will get you noticed to your local newspaper, get a good qualification under your belt and work hard at your shorthand.”


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  • March 9, 2018 at 7:23 am

    What a star Gay has been at the Times. From the first day I joined the paper in 1987 to my last as editor in 2010, she was someone I could count on as a friend and a true professional in whatever she did – and still does for the paper.
    When the chips were down and you needed all the staff you could get, Gay was the first to volunteer – even on her days off.
    Her work has always been of the highest standard and I consider it an privilege to have worked for 25 years alongside this ‘legend’.

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