The only journalist to have edited the Newsquest-owned Gloucestershire County Gazette twice is to retire in February.
David Cullimore started his career as an 18-year-old trainee with the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald in Devizes in 1958, later transferring to the Evening Advertiser in Swindon, where he ran the Marlborough branch office for both titles.
In 1963 he joined the Cumberland Evening Star and Cumberland Star and in 1965 he moved to The Long Eaton Advertiser and Stapleford and Sandiacre News in East Midlands as chief reporter, moving on to news editor and then editor from 1971 to 1985.
In 1985 David moved back to his Gloucestershire roots as deputy editor of the Dursley-based Gazette series, became editor in 1989, production editor in 1993 and the group training officer in 1995. He became editor of the Gazette for a second time in 1999.
Gazette publisher Trevor Sallis said: “David has edited the Gazette through some difficult times. However, he now leaves behind a popular, strong and successful local newspaper, which serves its communities well.”
He will be succeeded by Skip Walker who started her journalistic career as a trainee on the Daily Express before moving into magazine and book publishing.
A move of house to Gloucestershire led to Walker joining the Bailey Newspaper Group in 1982 as news editor of the Marlborough Times.
For the past nine years, she has edited the Stroud News & Journal.