The Newark Advertiser’s chairman and editor-in-chief, Mr Roger Parlby, died in Lincoln County Hospital yesterday after a short illness.

Mr Parlby, 89, joined the paper after leaving Worksop College in 1941 and succeeded his father, Mr Cyril Parlby, as editor in 1967.

Mr Parlby, whose home was in Collingham, was one of the UK’s most eminent regional newspaper proprietors.

He received an MBE from the Queen in 2005 for services to the newspaper industry.

He leaves two daughters, Joanna and Susanna.