Harry Spencer: Radcliffe Times editor

A former editor of the Radcliffe Times has died aged 83 following a long illness.

Harry Spencer edited the newspaper, part of the Bury Times Group, between 1950 and 1973.

Born in Haslingden in 1921, Harry started his career on the Accrington Observer in the mid-Thirties, before serving with the Royal Marine Commandos during the Second World War.

He joined the Bury Times team as a reporter in 1948 and became editor of the Radcliffe Times two years later.

His redesign of the paper in the Fifties was highly commended in national awards.

During his 25 years in the Bury branch of the National Union of Journalists, he was at various times the secretary, chairman and education officer.

After 23 years as editor of the Radcliffe Times, Harry moved to Scotland, where he ran a guesthouse with his wife, Sally, who died 10 years ago.

Harry died on 23 January in a nursing home near to where he lived in Boat of Garten, Inverness-shire. His funeral took place at St Columba’s Church in Boat of Garten, followed by interment at Grantown Cemetery.

Harry leaves five children.

Alison Barton, reporter,Bury Times

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