K’boro’s ‘unflappable’ reporter looks back. . .

Maggie Gell with the Knaresborough Post's new reporter Victoria Prest.
Maggie Gell with the Knaresborough Post's new reporter Victoria Prest.

The Knaresborough Post’s former Chief Reporter has spoken of the highpoints in her 17 year career with the newspaper.

Maggie Gell joined the Post as a receptionist and part time reporter in May 1995, and took over as Chief Reporter in 2003.

Maggie said: “I was lucky then and it was always a hugely enjoyable role, meeting new people every day and being involved in all aspects of community life.”

In her 17 years with the paper, Maggie has seen many changes in the business.

She said: “Times have changed enormously since I started with the paper mainly because of the internet and social media awareness, though I think there will always be a call for a local newspaper.”

Covering community events in the town has given Maggie many memories, she added: “There have been so many highlights but my favourite occasion was the Bed Race in 2006 when the Red Arrows flew over.

“It was a scorching hot day, the town was packed, there was no trouble and the feelgood factor that day made it such a memorable occasion. I loved it!

“The Post has covered its fair share of sad occasions but for me there was nothing sadder than when King James’s School’s head teacher Dr David Hudson died just a few years ago. The pupils and staff lined the roads outside the school as the funeral cortege passed by giving a ‘thumbs up’ sign.”

Ackrill Media Group’s Editor Jean MacQuarrie paid tribute to Maggie. “What I always admired about Maggie was her completely unflappable attitude, her professionalism and her eternal optimism, even when the going got tough!

“She really was the face of the Knaresborough Post and we all wish her well in the future.”