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Weekly’s longest-serving editor dies aged 85 after short illness

Ken WaddellAn editor who spent 21 years in charge of a weekly newspaper has died aged 85.

Ken Waddell, left, was the longest-serving editor of the Falkirk Herald, which he ran between 1970 and 1991.

For the last 17 years of his work with Johnston Press, he was also group editor with responsibility for the company’s titles throughout Central Scotland.

Ken died in the early hours of the morning on Saturday 17 November at Strathcarron Hospice, near Falkirk, after a short illness.

Ken’s journalism career began in 1957 after a spell in the TSB bank and National Service with the Royal Air Force.

He served as sports editor and chief reporter on the Herald from 1966 until taking on the editor’s job four years later.

An obituary published by the Herald states: “A dedicated Falkirk FC supporter, he always said that 1957 was a very important year – his team won the Scottish Cup, he became a journalist and he married his lifelong partner, Christine.

“The couple would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary on 30 November.”

Ken is also survived by sons Bruce and Gordon, daughter-in-laws Catherine and Susan, and grandsons Daniel, 22, and 10-year-old Logan.