Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Alison Will Be Missed by Many Readers

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Alison Will Be Missed by Many Readers

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I was so sorry to read of the premature death of Alison Blair (Chronicle, December 22).

Alison was women's editor of the Chronicle when I was women's editor of The Journal, having stepped into the shoes of the illustrious June Hulbert when she became ill with a brain tumour.

Alison, pictured, was a genuinely sweet person at heart who loved to antagonise her readers with the views that made her weekly column in the Chronicle such compulsive reading.

The more the letters flooded in, the more she relished it, revelling in her notoriety and yet insisting she hadn't meant to offend anyone.

She was a great campaigner too, winning major accolades for various Chronicle health campaigns ( including one in the early 1990s, in association with Tommee Tippee, (the company where I now work), in which vast numbers of North East parents were persuaded by her words to have their babies inoculated.

Away from the campaigns and her pithy comments were her fashion pages, always big on impact, reflecting the way she could sweep through the region's top stores with aplomb, never content simply to make a sentence when a statement would do!

She was a loving mum, combining work and home life with the kind of frantic good humour and scattiness that all working mums recognise.

Sadly, she had lost her own mother at a very young age through breast cancer and I remember her fears as she approached the age her mum had died.

She had a real soft side that Chronicle readers probably didn't appreciate and she was good fun to be with.

Yes, she could be cutting ( but with blunt scissors.

Her views were not malicious but they did made good copy and she was always generous in our ongoing inter-paper rivalry.

I have many fond memories of Alison in her heyday. She will be missed by many.

AVRIL DEANE, former women's editor, The Journal.

This abuse is ill-deserved

IT was sad to see Newcastle Labour councillor Stephen Lambert berating the proposal to give prisoners the right to vote (Your Shout, December 20).

Coun Lambert appears ignorant of the fact that this initiative comes from a European Union directive regarding human rights and that the Government is considering implementing this proposal here in the UK. …

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