Former editor of the Mercury dies, aged 75

A WELL-KNOWN journalist who worked on the Matlock Mercury, as well as one of the country’s biggest local and national papers has died at the age of 75.

Barry Askew, who was originally from Ashford-in-the-Water and educated at Lady Manners School in Bakewell, rose through the ranks after landing a trainee reporting job at the Derbyshire Times in 1952.

He went on to become editor at the Matlock Mercury at a young age, before moving to the Sheffield Morning Telegraph and, briefly, the Sheffield Star.

Barry worked as editor of the Lancashire Evening Post in Preston for 13 years, before being offered the coveted editor’s role at the News of the World.

But his reign was famously shortlived, after a disagreement with the Queen over snaps of Lady Diana forced him out after just eight months. He returned to Lancashire but left the media.

He died peacefully in Royal Preston Hospital on April 17.

Barry is survived by a son, Robert, and a daughter, Jane.

He will be laid to rest at Ashford-in-the-Water, with the funeral planned at Holy Trinity Church on Monday April 30, at 1pm.