LONG-serving Dispatch editor Richard Silverwood has left the newspaper — after 34 years of dedicated service.
Richard (pictured), who is Hucknall born and bred, joined the newsroom as a junior reporter at the age of 19 in 1978.
The move fulfilled a lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist and from there he went on to complete his full qualifications at the first time of asking.
He progressed through the ranks to become sports editor — the only person to have ever held that title at the paper.
In the mid-1980s, he took on the role of deputy editor and in 1990, took the reins as editor-in-chief — a position he held for 22 years.
In fact, Richard is one of only four editors to have been in charge of the paper in its 109-year history.
The first was Henry Morley, who founded the Dispatch in 1903 and was in charge until 1947.
He was succeeded by Stan Avery, who was editor from 1947 to 1972, and the third member of the quartet was the late Vince Allen, who was editor for 18 years until 1990.
During Richard’s tenure, he guided the paper through its centenery in 2003 and through the launch of its first website.
At one stage, the Dispatch was also in the top ten nationally for improving circulation.
Richard, who turns 53 next weekend, still lives in Hucknall and is well-known locally — particularly through his sporting connections.
He was previously chairman of Hucknall Town Football Club, managed Sunday football sides Chequers Inn, Phoenix Milano and Rolls-Royce Athletic, and fulfilled various administrative roles.
He also had a long connection with the former Hucknall Ramblers Cricket Club.
John Bills, managing director of the group that oversees the Dispatch, said: “Richard should be very proud of the job he did as Editor of the Dispatch; he has done a super job over the years. We all wish him the very best for the future.”