A trailblazing female regional daily journalist who served as its women’s editor for 20 years has died aged 99.
Betty, nee Lowry, worked as a reporter on the Bel Tel from 1956, having been told at interview by then-editor Jack Sayers that she “would have to do all kinds of reporting, but you’ll not be sent to the courts or any all-male gatherings”.
She took on the women’s editor role in 1961, and held it until her retirement in around 1981.
Former Bel Tel editor Roy Lilley described Betty as a “talented lady”.
He added: “It was a privilege to know her and have her as a friend and colleague.”
Betty was married to decorated serviceman Lt Col (Ret) Bathoe Rainsford.
She died on Christmas Eve at the Bangor Fold sheltered housing facility where she’d lived for a number of years.