Charles Curry, the man believed to be the country’s oldest newspaper editor, is celebrating his ninetieth birthday today.
The veteran journalist joined the weekly New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times 74 years ago – when he was just 16 – and eventually took over from his father as editor and proprietor in 1966.
According to Metro, Curry works six days a week and hasn’t taken time away from the paper in 30 years.
Curry, who was awarded an MBE for his serves to journalism in 1997, told the Metro he followed his father into the profession in 1936:
‘I had no other option really – my dad was a journalist and so I suppose you could say it’s in my blood.
‘But I wouldn’t have got another job. I was a nuisance at school – I left without qualifications.”
The New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times is one of the few remaining broadsheet local newspapers left in the country.