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Regional journalist and well-known historian dies aged 90

Robert MalsterA journalist who also became a well-known historian for the region he served has died aged 90.

Tributes have been paid to Robert Malster, who worked for both the Eastern Daily Press and the East Anglian Daily Times during his career.

Robert, pictured, also wrote a number of history books examining the maritime and industrial histories of both Norfolk and Suffolk.

He had specialised in features at both the Norwich-based EDP and Ipswich-based EADT.

In an obituary for the former, journalist Donna-Louise Bishop wrote: “From adventurers and pirates, traders and tragedies, dreams and danger, Robert Malster, known affectionately as Bob, tackled a number of topics within his writing.

“Known for his diligence and all-round thoroughness, his talents will live on in his work.”

Robert had started out his career on the Lowestoft Journal before moving on to the two daily titles.

For a while, he served as general editor for Terence Dalton Ltd and went on to establish his own publishing enterprise, as well as contributing four titles for Poppyland Publishing.

Robert was married to Brenda and they had two children, Paul and Andrea.

He died at Ipswich Hospital on 16 April and is survived by Andrea.