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Editor pays tribute as zoo boss and weekly columnist dies aged 71

Edgerley headshot.jpg.article-962A weekly newspaper columnist who served in a variety of leading roles on his patch has died aged 71.

Mark Edgerley, pictured, was involved in so many groups in the Hampshire town of Romsey he was dubbed ‘Mr Romsey.’

As well as being a former town centre manager and chief executive of nearby Marwell Zoo, he also wrote a column for the Romsey Advertiser.

His death was announced by his family on social media on Saturday.

Kimberley Barber, editor of the Romsey Advertiser, said: “We are all very sad to hear of Mark’s passing.

“We all appreciated his valid and interesting contributions to the Romsey Advertiser. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.”

Writing on Facebook, Hampshire County Councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “I’m very sad to have heard of the sudden death of Mark Edgerley, chair of the Romsey Forum, Romsey Advertiser columnist and former Romsey town centre manager. Truly awful news.

“Mark’s commitment, determination, vision and sheer hard work brought enormous benefit to our town. In his former role he introduced the Sunday craft market to the town and also the antiques fairs.

“Mark loved Romsey, his commitment to the town was total and his involvement in so many local organisations and events ensured they thrived. He was involved from the early days of Romsey Future, was a stalwart of the Romsey Festival committee and was integral to the success of Romsey Beggars Fair.

“Rest in peace Mark, know that you will be remembered with nothing but positivity by very many. Thank you for all you did for Romsey.”