THE Knutsford Guardian’s longest-serving editor has died, aged 85.

Ken Wilson, who edited the paper between 1969 and 1994, died in hospital after a short illness.

Ken started his career on the Warrington Guardian sports desk after leaving school, and an early career highlight saw him cover the Isle of Man TT races aged just 17.

After two years’ National Service in the RAF, he returned to Warrington and two years later became chief reporter at the Newton-le-Willows and Golborne News.

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Ken retired in 1994, after 25 years as Guardian editor

Twelve years later he was appointed editor in Knutsford – a position he held until his retirement in 1994.

Ken was ‘always proud’ of the number of young journalists he trained who went on to hold prominent positions in the media.

IN DEPTH >>> For years, Ken Wilson kept an eye on Knutsford as Guardian editor

Sue Briggs, who served as a junior reporter under Ken at Knutsford and succeeded him as editor following his retirement, said he was ‘full of stories’.

Sue said: “He was an incredible man, a true gentleman and the best boss you could wish for.”

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After Ken retired, he and his wife Jane went to live in North Wales before moving to Devon in 2009.

Ken leaves his wife, son Mark, daughter Julie and twin grandsons.

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