Horace Reade: pride in his work

Former journalist Horace Reade spent many of his 40 years as a newspaperman at the Hereford Times .

Reade’s career in journalism began with the Montgomeryshire County Times and, after a brief period in East Anglia, he joined the Leominster News in 1938 as a general reporter.

In 1945 Horace met his wife Dora, and the couple were married in her hometown of Welshpool in 1947.

He saw local newspapers as an integral part of the community they serve.

“They reflect the life and standards of the community,” he said. “I sometimes feel they are read more thoroughly than national papers.”

More than 20 years later, reflecting on his career, he said he regarded the years he’d spent on the region’s local newspapers “with a sense of pleasure and satisfaction”.

Beyond his notebook and his dedication to his job as a reporter, Reade was an enthusiastic sportsman, playing for local hockey and tennis clubs.

Following his retirement, Reade, who lived in Newport, pursued his interest in art and embarked on a course at Shewsbury Technical College where he compiled a memoir of John Scarlett Davis, the Leominster artist, which he presented to the town’s museum for its collection.

! Last week’s obituary on Barbara Butcher was written by her close friend Mike Bennett of the Kentish Express, and not Mike Aitken as we stated. We apologise for the error

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