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Journalist who ran newspaper with editor husband dies aged 95

Betty CarterA journalist who bought and ran a local newspaper with her editor husband has died aged 95.

Tributes have been paid to Betty Carter, who was chief reporter on the Kent and Sussex Courier for many years.

She met her husband Eric during her time at the Courier, and the couple later went on to run the Dawlish Gazette, in his native Devon.

They later returned to Kent, where Betty worked for the Courier until the late 1990s.

Betty had first joined the Courier as a teenage reporter in 1946 and married Eric two years later.

An obituary on the In Your Area website states: “After taking time out to raise her three children, Betty returned to the Courier in Tunbridge Wells in the early 1960s and was integral to the paper’s unrivalled local news coverage throughout that decade and on into the early 1970s.

“During this time, she rose to become chief reporter.

“In 1973, Betty and Eric left their Tunbridge Wells home to relocate to Devon where they bought and ran the Dawlish Gazette for ten years before returning to Kent and, in Betty’s case, to the Courier once more.

“From the mid-1980s to the late 1990s she returned to the fold, this time running the paper’s property pages and the Homebuyer supplement.”

The couple retired to Leicestershire in 2002 to be near their family and Eric died in 2019 aged 98.

As well as children Matthew, Sarah and Nick, Betty is survived by seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.