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Editor who spent more than 70 years in journalism dies aged 92

Arthur sharpAn editor who worked in journalism for more than 70 years has died aged 92.

Arthur Sharp edited the Hull Daily Mail, among other newspapers, during his seven-decade career in the regional press.

Arthur was still working as a sub-editor at the Crediton Courier until 2014, when he finally retired aged 85.

Other titles he worked on included Cambridge Daily News, the Cheltenham Chronicle, which he also edited, and the Exeter Express & Echo.

Arthur, pictured, began his career in Cambridge, his hometown, after following his brother Charles into the newspaper business to serve his apprenticeship at the News.

After his National Service he worked in each of the company’s district offices, spending 14 years at Saffron Walden, Essex, becoming editor of the company’s five weekly newspapers.

In 1966, Arthur joined the Northcliffe Newspaper Group and edited the Chronicle, moving to Hull six years later. There, he edited three newspapers including the Mail.

He joined the Express & Echo in 1981, working in Exeter for five years before retiring for the first time.

However in May 1987 Arthur met Alan Quick, then reporter and photographer at the Crediton Courier, and was subsequently offered work there by Sue Read, its editor at the time.

Alan later took over the editorship, with Arthur working under him both as a sports editor and a sub-editor.

Arthur and his wife Ann attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 2008 to mark his long service in the industry.

Away from journalism, he was involved in a number of voluntary and community organisations across the country during his adult life.

Arthur and Ann had moved to Bunbury, Cheshire, three years ago and he died on 20 April at Crewe’s Leighton Hospital.

His funeral service will be held at Chester Cathedral at 1.30pm tomorrow, with donations in in aid of Dogs Trust being accepted in his memory.