Former Lancashire Post assistant editor Derek Hunt has died aged 74

Derek Hunt.
Derek Hunt.

A former assistant editor of the Lancashire Post has died aged 74.

Derek Hunt, who worked for the then Lancashire Evening Post for 13 years, died on Wednesday, July 11.

Born in Warrington, where he lived all his life, Derek decided that he wanted to be a journalist while helping to produce a school newspaper.

Before joining the Post he worked for the Warrington Guardian as deputy chief reporter for three years.

At the Post he joined the Wigan office as a reporter and took charge of offices in Warrington, St Helens and Leigh before returning to Wigan as news editor and later assistant editor.

After his time at the Post Derek was appointed editor of the Cadishead and Irlam Guardian in Warrington followed by editorships of the Newton and Golborne News, Runcorn Guardian and the Northwich Guardian.

Lancashire Post Editor Gillian Parkinson said: “I was lucky enough to work with Derek when we were both at the Warrington Guardian Series.

He was an exceptional local journalist who understood the community he worked in and did everything he could to provide a quality news service to the readers.”

Derek is survived by wife Jean, son Paul and grandson Ethan.