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Mayor leads tributes as Guardian editor sends final paper to print!

Thursday, 28 December 2017

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THE Mayor of Mid and East Antrim has paid tribute to Ballymena Guardian editor, Jim Flanagan, as the highly respected journalist prepared for the last edition of the title under his helm.
Mr Flanagan, who previously edited the Sunday Life and was deputy editor of the Belfast Telegraph, is leaving the Guardian after an eight-year spell overseeing the newspaper's production.
And to mark his tenure, First Citizen of Mid and East Antrim, councillor Paul Reid, hosted a special reception in Mr Flanagan's honour in the Mayor's Parlour at The Braid, Ballymena.
Among the guests were members of Mr Flanagan's close family, current and former colleagues, North Antrim MP Ian Paisley, past Mayors of Mid and East Antrim and Ballymena, and several serving councillors in the Borough.
Councillor Reid said: "Jim Flanagan is rightly regarded as one of Northern Ireland's finest journalists and newspaper editors.
“It was a huge coup for his employers to secure the services of such a talented, diligent and capable newspaper man as Jim.
“The Ballymena Guardian is renowned for the quality of its local journalism and Jim has not only safeguarded that reputation but successfully built on it.
“A strong local newspaper is one at the beating heart of a community, with a finger firmly on the pulse of local issues and matters that impact its residents.
“Its role and that of its editor and journalists is to inform, educate, enlighten and entertain its readership. Under Jim's editorship, the Guardian has certainly done just that.
“The title has consistently punched well above its weight, breaking a string of exclusive stories which subsequently set the news agenda at a regional and even national level.
“During my term as Mayor and since the creation of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council I have always found Jim to be fair, honest and open.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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