Tribute to former Sunderland Echo journalist

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A TRIBUTE has been paid to an “outstanding” and well-respected former Sunderland Echo reporter who died on Tuesday after a long battle with illness.

Sheila Elgey, of West Ayton, was assistant editor on the Malton and Pickering Mercury for more than 20 years.

The 61-year-old was a reporter at the Echo, Hartlepool Mail and Scarborough Evening News.

She also trained many reporters towards their national qualifications.

“Sheila was an outstanding reporter and a real character,” said Ed Asquith, editor of the Mercury.

“She had tremendous knowledge of the area and earned great respect.

“She was an old-school journalist, very determined and passionate, as well as good company.

“Sheila remained indomitable to the end and never lost her sense of humour and quick wit.”

She is survived by husband Tony, and daughter Caroline.