TRIBUTES have been paid to Neal Butterworth, the former editor of the Bournemouth Daily Echo, who has died after losing his battle with cancer. He was 55.
Neal was at the helm of the newspaper between 1998 and 2011 and had just started a new life with his wife Julie in Spain last summer when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer.
They returned to Poole straightaway for treatment. Of his cancer, Neal vowed up until the end to “kick its ass.” He passed away at Poole Hospital in the early hours of Monday morning. His wife and daughters, Gemma and Dayna, were at his bedside.
Mike Wright, former managing director of the Daily Echo, said: "It was a privilege to work with Neal at the Daily Echo. He was a joy to work with, a great Editor, amusing writer and a man who always had time and a smile for his friends. My thoughts are with his family at this sad time."
Eric Robinson, retired regional managing director of Newsquest Southern, said: "Neal was not just a work colleague but a true friend. In my 30 years in regional press I came across many editors but Neal was really special. He cared.
"He cared about his staff, won many Newspaper awards, had an incredible, witty sense, of humour and was articulate and talented.
"We will all miss him. It was an honour and a pleasure to have known and worked with Neal at Newsquest Southern.”
Obituary: Anthony Gregory
A former press photographer whose pictures helped launch a weekly newspaper more than 30 years ago has died at the age of 91.
Anthony Gregory, who was known as Greg, worked for the Harlow Star free weekly from its launch in July 1980 after previously working at the Harrow Observer, Watford Observer and Herts Advertiser.
He became a press photographer by chance after taking pictures for three days of a major disaster at Harrow and Wealdstone station in 1952 when three trains collided and his images were used by many national newspapers.