Obituaries

Adrienne Clapham, the doyenne of Manchester’s advertising scene during the 1980s and 90s has died, aged 70.

Having worked on some of the largest advertising accounts outside London, Clapham was well-known to many in the industry before she retired to care for husband Martin.

Warren Clarke, the Oldham-born former Manchester Evening News copy boy who went on to become a well-known actor, has died aged 67 after a short illness, his agent has confirmed.

Clarke, best known for TV role in Dalziel And Pascoe, starred in the controversial 1971 film A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick as well as appearing in Coronation Street in the late 1960s.

The Northern Echo has published a tribute to one of its former journalists, Brian Edwards who died at the age of 81. Award-winning Edwards worked in the North East for 30 years, joining The Northern Echo in 1967, where he worked as a sub-editor until 1972.

A Bradford-based journalist who claimed to be the first to discover the identity of the Yorkshire Ripper has died at the age of 82. Derek Crabtree, who worked for a news agency between 1968 and 1993 that was originally set up by his grandfather, claimed to be the first journalist to discover the identity of the Yorkshire Ripper when he found police surrounding Peter Sutcliffe’s Bradford home.

The Sunderland Echo today carries tributes from friends and colleague to a former journalist who is is suspected to have drowned after falling overboard from a cruise ship in South America.

Former York Press photographer Paul Baker has died of cancer at the age of 53. Baker joined the paper as a darkroom assistant and went on to work as a photographer until 2006.

John Thompson, the former editor of The Sunday Telegraph who started his career on the Driffied Times, has died at the age of 93.

Ray Gosling, the journalist, broadcaster and gay rights activist who had a long association with Manchester and the north-west has died at the age of 74.

Sunderland Echo and Northern Echo journalist John Hobbs has died at the age of 75. Hobbs worked as a sub-editor at the Sunderland Echo for many years before his retirement when he continued to write on a freelance basis for The Northern Echo after retiring.

Pioneering blogger and professor emeritus of government at Manchester University Norman Geras has died of cancer aged 70. His political blog, the influential Normblog announces his death and carries this final update from his daughter Jenny.

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