Journalist who was youngest editor in England during spell at Hartlepool Mail dies aged 71

EDITOR: Peter Chislett
EDITOR: Peter Chislett

A JOURNALIST who became the youngest editor in England when he took on the role at the Hartlepool Mail has died aged 71.

Peter Chislett passed away in St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, after a short illness.

He was born in Hexham, Northumberland, in 1942, the son of naval architect John, and his wife Esme.

He started his career in journalism in local newspapers and swiftly progressed to Fleet Street, London, where he worked on a number of national titles and for AP, the international news service.

Returning south to pursue his great love of tennis, he played for Lee on Solent Tennis Club, and for Hampshire, and took up the post of news editor at The News, Portsmouth.

There he met his future wife Philippa. They were married for six years, and had a daughter, Victoria.

He accepted promotion within the group to become the youngest editor in England and moved to the Hartlepool Mail, in 1981.

He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and retired early, working part-time on local newspapers, and returning to the south to live at Midhurst, West Sussex.

He leaves a brother, David, and a daughter, Victoria.

His funeral will be at Chichester Crematorium on Wednesday, February 12, at 10.15 am.

The family have requested no flowers but donations to RSPB and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Details from Reynolds Funeral Directors (01243) 773311.