Warm tributes paid to Gazette columnist Keith

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Tributes have been pouring in for former editor and award-winning journalist Keith Newbery who died on August 2 after a short illness.

Keith was well respected and had a huge following among readers with his weekly columns syndicated to many English regional newspapers – including the Gazette.

His no-holds-barred, trenchant observations on life struck a chord with many as he railed against injustice, pettiness and all things annoying.

Keith became a junior district reporter for the then Portsmouth Evening News in 1969, joined the sports desk in 1971 and four years later became the founder editor of the Isle of Wight Weekly Post. At the same time, he was writing sports columns, television columns, celebrity interviews and opinion pieces for a number of newspapers.

He was an associate editor of The News until becoming editor, later executive editor, of the Chichester Observer series in 1992, and later also took overall editorial responsibility for its sister titles before he retired.

Keith lived in Winford on the Isle of Wight with his wife, Denise. He also leaves two children, Mark and Samantha, and a granddaughter, Betsy.