Lafferty returns to his Macclesfield roots

By Sarah Lagan

Oldham Advertiser editor David Lafferty has been named editor of the Macclesfield Express, replacing editor of 11 years Mike Quilley.

Born and bred in Macclesfield, Lafferty told Press Gazette that local news will be high on the agenda under his leadership and this week the paper is to produce a record number of pages.

Lafferty said: "We are looking to expand the district pages to cover every single blade of grass in our circulation area and give people from right across the borough their own place on the paper.

"A number of local newspapers have tended to just focus on the big news stories over the years, but we are taking a different approach and going back to our roots.

"We’ve got around 136 pages this week, which is the biggest ever issue we have produced."

Lafferty has also expanded the homes section into a standalone title and has introduced a separate TV guide section.

Lafferty first joined the Express in 1992 as a trainee journalist under then editor Doug Pickford. He worked his way up to become sports editor and was able to lead the paper’s sports coverage through one of Macclesfield Town’s most successful periods when they won promotion to the Football League and then to the old Division Two.

In 2002, Lafferty became deputy editor and three years later was named group development editor before moving to the Oldham Chronicle as editor.

Quilley has returned to his home city of London.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified Lafferty as a the former editor of the Oldham Chroncle.

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