TRIBUTE has been paid to an “outstanding” and well-respected reporter who died after a long battle with illness early yesterday morning.
Sheila Elgey, of West Ayton, is best known for her role as assistant editor on the Malton and Pickering Mercury, a newspaper which she served with distinction for more than 20 years.
The 61-year-old was also a regular contributor to the Scarborough Evening News, Hartlepool Mail and Sunderland Echo. During her time, she also trained many reporters towards their NCE senior qualifications.
“Sheila was an outstanding local reporter, and a real character,” said Ed Asquith, editor of the Mercury and editorial director of Yorkshire Regional Newspapers. “She had tremendous knowledge of the area and earned great respect.
“She was an old-school journalist, very determined and passionate, as well as good company.
“Sheila remained indomitable to the end and never lost her sense of humour and quick wit.
“She is missed by many friends and colleagues and, I know from comments I have received, by the whole community.”
Sheila is survived by her husband, Tony, and daughter, Caroline.
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