Thank you for the privilege

Tomorrow, after 10 years at the helm of The Southern Reporter, and eight as group editor for Johnston Press’ Borders titles, which latterly has included those in Alnwick and Morpeth, I will leave the company for pastures new.

I can’t believe how much time has passed, although the grey hair tells a different story!

Not only has it been a privilege for me to work with such a talented and dedicated team, both here at The Southern and our other titles, but it has been a huge privilege to serve you, our readers and advertisers.

During that time, I have tried to provide comprehensive coverage of all that is important to you – from ensuring public bodies are held accountable for decisions that impact on our day-to-day lives to celebrating the big occasions such as the common ridings, your achievements in sport, for charity, your school, or for your community.

The past decade has seen many changes, with one of the biggest for The Southern coming in March 2013 when, after more than 150 years, we went from broadsheet to compact, with a complete redesign.

I am in no doubt that The Southern and its sister titles will continue to serve you faithfully in the coming years, and I look forward to reading all your news, and perhaps even submitting a few entries of my own.