Lorraine has been reporter, news editor and digital editor at the Kilburn Times and will be moving elsewhere in Archant. Her tweet immediately drew tributes from Brent residents' associations, councillors and many Kilburn Times readers.Sad to say I'll be leaving the
@bktimes on January 31 after many, many years. I'm really sad to go but as they say onwards and upwards
Fans will still be able to hear her DJing on Colourful Radio on Saturday mornings. http://www.colourfulradio.com/
Lorraine's strength as a reporter and editor is that she is a Brent local with strong roots in the community and cares deeply about what goes on in the area.
There have been times when her passion to fight for the community through campaigning articles has not made her popular with the local council (of whatever political hue) but the role of a local newspaper is to help hold politicians to account and that she did well.
These are difficult times for local newspapers and Archant is going through a second round of restructuring and has reduced reporting staff with more pooled stories and a move towards 'digital first'. The Brent and Kilburn Times has become thinner and distribution is sometimes patchy but I believe that it is essential that it survives for the sake of local democracy and part of the glue that holds a community together.
Here are some memorable front pages fom the Kilburn Times:
PS Lorraine, I resisted mentioning the shoes.