Mercury editor Amanda to leave after a decade

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Mercury editor Amanda Hatfield is leaving her position this week after ten years in the job.

She took on the role after the previous editor Don Hale left and has strived to maintain the paper’s campaigning stance.

She said: “I am obviously sad to be leaving the job but it is time for me to move on and try something new.

“My decade with the Mercury has been a challenge I have enjoyed and I am proud of what my team has achieved.

“We have launched our annual New Year’s Honours, Super Servers and Sports Awards. We have had fun with competitions such as our Pets on Parade and Watch the Birdie and promoted all that’s good about local produce with our on-going Food Glorious Food campaign.

“We have worked with traders to keep our town centres open with our Staying Alive campaign and try to help local groups looking for volunteers with the Lend Us A Hand campaign.

“I was disappointed that our Don’t Ditch Darley campaign failed to save the Darley birth unit but was thrilled this year when we managed to raise £300 for trees in the park in just a few weeks with the Jubilee Jam Jars fundraiser.

“I hope that the community will continue to work with the paper on new projects in the future. Thank you for making me so welcome here and allowing me the privilege of editing your newspaper.”

Amanda, 51, moved here from Norfolk where she had been a journalist for 22 years and had been editing the Diss Express. As well as editing the Mercury in the last ten years she has been editor of the Belper News, and Ripley and Heanor News, and group editor of the Ilkeston Advertiser, Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser and Buxton Advertiser.