Death of ex-weekly newspaper editor

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After a short illness, former weekly newspaper editor Mike Robinson has died at the age of 65 – the day after his wife, Lesley, passed away. Until recently, Mike worked as a journalist on newspapers in Shropshire and North Wales.


He spent 21 years as editor of various titles including the South Shropshire Journal, Mid Wales Journal, Hereford Journal and Ludlow Journal, having joined the Shrewsbury Chronicle in 1988.

In more recent times he worked on the Oswestry & Border Counties Advertizer and the Whitchurch Herald.


Mike started out on the Advertizer and also spent 13 years as deputy sports editor on The Leader, in Wrexham, during his career. A keen sportsman, Mike served as chairman of Oswestry Cricket Club and was a founder committee member of the Wem Sunday Football League.


Paying tribute, ex-Shrewsbury Chronicle editor John Butterworth said: “Mike was a great professional journalist and a great character who will really be sadly missed. He did excellent work with the cricket club and what a lot of people don’t know about is the excellent work he did with the disabled cricketers. He was a larger than life character, great fun and he was a great man to work with for 12 years.”