Local hero Malcolm dies at 84

Former editor Malcolm Barker launched the YEP's hugely successful Half and Half appeal.
Former editor Malcolm Barker launched the YEP's hugely successful Half and Half appeal.
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Tributes have been paid to former Yorkshire Evening Post editor Malcolm Barker, who has died at the age of 84.

During his 17-year stint in the role he launched the hugely successful Half and Half Appeal for city hospices St Gemma’s and Wheatfields.

Tracy Dick, Director of Fundraising at St Gemma’s, said: “His dedication and support of the hospices in Leeds was tremendous. We will forever be grateful.”

Chris Bye, who succeeded him as editor, added: “He became a legend in newspaper journalism who made a great impact on the community he served.”

Mr Barker, who died in his home town of Harrogate, was awarded an OBE for services to journalism in 1987.

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