TRIBUTES have been paid to one of the region’s best-known journalists.
Clive Crickmer, 71, died in hospital yesterday, just a month after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
Mr Crickmer started his career at the Newcastle Chronicle and served as the Daily Mirror’s North East reporter for more than 30 years up to his retirement in 2000.
Two years ago, he was awarded the Graeme Stanton Award for an individual lifetime contribution to journalism at the Tom Cordner North East Press Awards.
He leaves wife Yvonne, son Gareth, also a journalist, and daughter Amanda.
Current Daily Mirror North East reporter Jeremy Armstrong said: “Clive is one of my journalistic heroes. He was a larger than life character and a brilliant journalist.
“He inspired a great number of people through the job – me being one of them. It is a real privilege to have known him.”