Courier journalist Anthony Coppin is leaving the staff of the newspaper this week.
Tony was deputy editor of the Courier and its sister paper, the Longridge News, before going part-time in 2009 when he took on the role of senior reporter.
The former north west journalist of the year has covered all the big stories in Garstang and rural Wyre over the past 12 years, including ongoing controversies such as the Canatxx-Halite gas store proposals.
Among his many exclusives was the abrupt quitting by the Royal Lancashire Agricultural Society of its Myerscough site after a big fall out with its landlords, the Duchy of Lancaster.
Tony started his career on the Blackpool Evening Gazette and Fleetwood Chronicle in the mid-1970s after graduating from the United Newspapers journalism college at Preston.
He went on to become the Gazette’s North Fylde/Wyre reporter, winning the Lancashire Young Journalist of the Year Award early in his career.
He worked as senior sub-editor on the Evening Mail, Barrow-in-Furness, for four years before joining The Courier working alongside its then editor, Anne Rothwell.
Since going part-time three years ago he has had more time to become involved in local organisations including Garstang Historical Society, of which he is vice-chairman, the Friends of Ribchester Roman Museum, Garstang Poetry Appreciation Group and Garstang Gardening Club, for which he has recently created the club’s website.
Tony, of By-Pass Road, Garstang, is a former chairman of the north west advisory committee of the National Council for the Training of Journalists and serves as an invigilator at the NCTJ’s professional examinations.