Echo editor Peter Barron awarded MBE in New Year's Honours

The Northern Echo: Peter Barron pictured with Paralympic hopeful Lyndon Longhorne at the paper's annual grassroots sport awards ceremony Peter Barron pictured with Paralympic hopeful Lyndon Longhorne at the paper's annual grassroots sport awards ceremony

PETER BARRON, editor of The Northern Echo, has been awarded an MBE for services to journalism and community life.

Mr Barron, 51, is the longest serving editor in the papers 144-year history, and has led some of its most notable campaigns, principally the Chance to Live campaign which changed Government policy on heart bypass waiting times.

In 2011, he was appointed the first official ambassador for the Butterwick Children’s Hospice at Stockton in recognition of his fundraising efforts.

A Northern Echo fund-raising campaign helped to build the children’s hospice after the death of Princess Diana and Mr Barron has since personally raised more than £20,000 for the charity through speaking fees and his Dad At Large books.

After starting at the Scunthorpe Evening Telegraph, he joined the Echo as a reporter in 1984. He left in 1997 to edit the Hartlepool Mail before returning as Echo editor in 1999.

The Northern Echo:
Peter pictured with his wife, Heather, out shopping in Darlington

Mr Barron, who was born in Saltburn and raised in South Bank, Middlesbrough, said: “I am shocked, more than a little embarrassed, but very proud.

“Newspapers have had a tough year due to the actions of a tiny minority of national journalists and I hope this honour highlights the vital community work carried out by local newspapers nationwide.

“It has been a privilege to work in the regional press for 34 years and I’ve been lucky to work with a brilliant team on a paper with great campaigning traditions. I owe special thanks to my wife, Heather, for all her support.”

The Chance to Live campaign followed the death of Ian Weir, 38, a friend of Mr Barron and a Northern Echo photographer. Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged the campaign was the catalyst for changing Government policy on coronary care.

Mr Barron is a board member of the Future Sport charity, the National Council for the Training of Journalists, Darlington Partnership and Darlington Cares, and a governor of the Tony Blair Sports Foundation. He is also President of Darlington Operatic Society, and serves on the advisory panel of Darlington Football Club. Last year, he was made a Deputy Lieutenant of County Durham.

The father-of-four has been North-East Journalist of the Year and UK Columnist of the Year, and recently became a children’s author.

The Northern Echo:
Peter Barron receives his Deputy Lord-Lieutenant certificate from former Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham Sir Paul Nicholson

 

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10:35pm Mon 30 Dec 13

twicepence says...

Congratulations Peter, we'll deserved.
Congratulations Peter, we'll deserved. twicepence

10:47pm Mon 30 Dec 13

darloboss says...

you scratch billyboys back and see what santa brings
you scratch billyboys back and see what santa brings darloboss

10:52pm Mon 30 Dec 13

darloboss says...

for services above and beyond for billy and travellers
richly deserved
bet i have a new user name tomorrow
for services above and beyond for billy and travellers richly deserved bet i have a new user name tomorrow darloboss

12:04am Tue 31 Dec 13

Andyleigh says...

Meaningless bauble.
Meaningless bauble. Andyleigh

12:50am Tue 31 Dec 13

smokin says...

DAVID BECKHAM ???????????????
DAVID BECKHAM ??????????????? smokin

7:45am Tue 31 Dec 13

jewitt says...

Well done to Peter Barron. It is still an elitist system.
Well done to Peter Barron. It is still an elitist system. jewitt

9:29am Tue 31 Dec 13

David Lacey says...

Best wishes to Peter. Richly deserved.
Best wishes to Peter. Richly deserved. David Lacey

9:57am Tue 31 Dec 13

Copley23 says...

Then he should do more of the 'editing' role and less of the rest........smarmy man.
Then he should do more of the 'editing' role and less of the rest........smarmy man. Copley23

10:12am Tue 31 Dec 13

Jolly Roger says...

Well done Peter mate, but I don't agreed with others getting these adwards for doing what they get paid for.

Voluntary work like you have done for the Hospic yes - but I think all other awards should be given for Volunteers in whatever field done over 25 years.
Well done Peter mate, but I don't agreed with others getting these adwards for doing what they get paid for. Voluntary work like you have done for the Hospic yes - but I think all other awards should be given for Volunteers in whatever field done over 25 years. Jolly Roger

12:18pm Tue 31 Dec 13

behonest says...

David Lacey wrote:
Best wishes to Peter. Richly deserved.
Sarcasm...???

Anyway, this comment makes it 10 comments. What's the betting that this article now makes it straight into the 'Most Commented' list - unlike the Gypsy article, which has dozens more comments!
[quote][p][bold]David Lacey[/bold] wrote: Best wishes to Peter. Richly deserved.[/p][/quote]Sarcasm...??? Anyway, this comment makes it 10 comments. What's the betting that this article now makes it straight into the 'Most Commented' list - unlike the Gypsy article, which has dozens more comments! behonest

7:38pm Tue 31 Dec 13

g10001 says...

you are only allowed to comment on the articles the echo wants you to comment on - it should be called the red star not the echo
you are only allowed to comment on the articles the echo wants you to comment on - it should be called the red star not the echo g10001

7:41pm Thu 2 Jan 14

thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth says...

behonest wrote:
David Lacey wrote:
Best wishes to Peter. Richly deserved.
Sarcasm...???

Anyway, this comment makes it 10 comments. What's the betting that this article now makes it straight into the 'Most Commented' list - unlike the Gypsy article, which has dozens more comments!
It would seem you're right. Straight into the most commented section. It's a disgrace and this fool Baron should be sacked never mind receiving some award. An award by the way which would have a million more deserving recipients.
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]David Lacey[/bold] wrote: Best wishes to Peter. Richly deserved.[/p][/quote]Sarcasm...??? Anyway, this comment makes it 10 comments. What's the betting that this article now makes it straight into the 'Most Commented' list - unlike the Gypsy article, which has dozens more comments![/p][/quote]It would seem you're right. Straight into the most commented section. It's a disgrace and this fool Baron should be sacked never mind receiving some award. An award by the way which would have a million more deserving recipients. thetruththewholetruthandnothingbutthetruth

9:52pm Thu 2 Jan 14

loan_star says...

Whatever happened to the Gyspy article? Seems to have vanished even though it is recent news.
Whatever happened to the Gyspy article? Seems to have vanished even though it is recent news. loan_star

11:11pm Thu 2 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

loan_star wrote:
Whatever happened to the Gyspy article? Seems to have vanished even though it is recent news.
go to the search box and search-Gypsy site plans
[quote][p][bold]loan_star[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to the Gyspy article? Seems to have vanished even though it is recent news.[/p][/quote]go to the search box and search-Gypsy site plans Jackaranda

8:11am Fri 3 Jan 14

StanLaurels_CamelToe says...

The girl in Tescos yesterday was amazing. I bought 4 beers totalling £8.63, I paid with a £10 note and she gave me £1.37 change. She applied for the job, got it and did it. Obviously after leaving the stores wrote to the Queen demanding she be made a Dame in the next honours for "doing her job as she should"
The girl in Tescos yesterday was amazing. I bought 4 beers totalling £8.63, I paid with a £10 note and she gave me £1.37 change. She applied for the job, got it and did it. Obviously after leaving the stores wrote to the Queen demanding she be made a Dame in the next honours for "doing her job as she should" StanLaurels_CamelToe

10:44am Fri 3 Jan 14

loan_star says...

Jackaranda wrote:
loan_star wrote:
Whatever happened to the Gyspy article? Seems to have vanished even though it is recent news.
go to the search box and search-Gypsy site plans
Cheers!
[quote][p][bold]Jackaranda[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loan_star[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to the Gyspy article? Seems to have vanished even though it is recent news.[/p][/quote]go to the search box and search-Gypsy site plans[/p][/quote]Cheers! loan_star

1:33pm Fri 3 Jan 14

sineater says...

good job not all papers are right wing full of right wing lies,keep up the good work Peter.
good job not all papers are right wing full of right wing lies,keep up the good work Peter. sineater

7:46pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

sineater wrote:
good job not all papers are right wing full of right wing lies,keep up the good work Peter.
Bot-licking par excellence, you're heading for a ban fella, brown-nosing won't help!!
[quote][p][bold]sineater[/bold] wrote: good job not all papers are right wing full of right wing lies,keep up the good work Peter.[/p][/quote]Bot-licking par excellence, you're heading for a ban fella, brown-nosing won't help!! Jackaranda

8:18pm Fri 3 Jan 14

sineater says...

Getting a ban for putting a flippant comment in, more likely you getting a ban for mocking a suicide victim, !!
Getting a ban for putting a flippant comment in, more likely you getting a ban for mocking a suicide victim, !! sineater

8:38pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Jonn says...

Why do self proclaimed 'right wingers' read and comment on alledged 'left wing' newspaper? Do they just like winding themselves up and spitting out vitriol? Must be some form of self torture. Weird.
Why do self proclaimed 'right wingers' read and comment on alledged 'left wing' newspaper? Do they just like winding themselves up and spitting out vitriol? Must be some form of self torture. Weird. Jonn

9:17pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

sineater wrote:
Getting a ban for putting a flippant comment in, more likely you getting a ban for mocking a suicide victim, !!
YAWN.............ZZZ
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[quote][p][bold]sineater[/bold] wrote: Getting a ban for putting a flippant comment in, more likely you getting a ban for mocking a suicide victim, !![/p][/quote]YAWN.............ZZZ ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ Jackaranda

4:01pm Sat 4 Jan 14

sineater says...

Jacaranda, Wake up gobby,it's your round.
Jacaranda, Wake up gobby,it's your round. sineater

5:23pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

sineater wrote:
Jacaranda, Wake up gobby,it's your round.
Eh?
[quote][p][bold]sineater[/bold] wrote: Jacaranda, Wake up gobby,it's your round.[/p][/quote]Eh? Jackaranda

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