Christopher Jones: Daily Express reporter and p[roperty magazine editor

Christopher Jones, former industrial correspondent of the Daily Express, has died at the age of 55.

Chris, who joined the Express in 1975, worked first as a reporter and later joined the industrial team headed by Fleet Street veteran Barrie Devney.

After leaving the Express in 1983, he moved to Spain with his Spanish-born wife Maria and two children.

There he carved out a new career in television, hosting, among other programmes, an offbeat travel-cumgeneral interest documentary series for Gibraltar TV called Coasting with Chris.

Born in Langton, Yorkshire, Chris started out as a trainee on the Kent Messenger in Maidstone in 1966.

In 1969 he joined Volkswagen GB, serving two years as the fledgling company’s first press officer.

He then decided to return to study at university where he read South American politics and, in the process, became fluent in Spanish.

In 1987 he returned briefly to London to play a minor, though active, role in the London evening newspaper war being waged between the Evening Standard and Robert Maxwell’s newly established London Daily News.

He worked first as a reporter on Maxwell’s young upstart newspaper but later switched allegiances to briefly news edit a revived, but shortlived, “spoiler” edition of the by-then defunct London Evening News.

In recent years Chris – Kit to family and friends – edited a series of real estate magazines published in Marbella.

He was on a brief visit to London when he suffered a massive brain haemorrhage and died following surgery.

He is survived by a son, Jonathan, and daughter, Victoria, both of whom now live in Seville.

Peter Mason

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