It was with sadness that I read in the Lynn News of the recent death, at the age of 94, of Mr John Cooper, a former editor of the paper.
I have particular reason to be grateful to Mr Cooper because it was he who gave me my first job as a trainee reporter on the Lynn News and Advertiser (as it was then known) in August, 1974. It was a job that led to a career I loved in local and regional newspaper journalism that spanned some 36 years. At the time of my appointment, Mr Cooper decided that he would take not just one trainee on to his staff but four, making quite a significant increase to the editorial staff at that time. I was most fortunate starting work with Trevor Haylettt, Janet Turner (nee Isherwood) and Sandra Barrowman (nee Dane) as we became firm friends and have remained so to this day, more than 40 years later.
Over the years, of course, the four of us went our various ways, myself deciding to remain based in my beloved Norfolk. After 12 years with the Lynn News, I joined the Eastern Daily Press where I remained for almost 25 years.
I recall Mr Cooper being a gentleman and an editor of the ‘old school’ who always aimed for the highest standards of journalism. He, together with Paul Watson (who served as news editor and deputy editor at various times and Malcolm Powell (who became editor for a number of years) were always most supportive and concerned that their four young trainees had the best possible start to their journalistic careers. I personally, will always owe them a debt of gratitude for that.
Richard Parr, Gaywood