I AM sure I will echo the feelings of many readers when I say how sorry I am that Sharon’s column last week was her last.

What a great journalist, always on the pulse with topical issues, told beautifully with clarity and a sharp sense of humour.

We’ve had so many email conversations over the years, I came to think of her as a friend even though we never met.

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A real loss to our cherished local newspaper.

G Carr, Aycliffe Village