Veteran newsman leaves Falkirk Herald

Group editor Colin Hume congratulates Duncan on his retirement
Group editor Colin Hume congratulates Duncan on his retirement

The assistant editor of The Falkirk Herald has retired after over 42 years service with Johnston Newspapers.

Duncan McCallum (60) joined Scotland’s leading weekly newspaper as a trainee reporter in January 1973 when it was based in Falkirk High Street.

He later worked with its sister titles, The Cumbernauld News and Kilsyth Chronicle, as chief reporter and sports editor before being appointed assistant editor of the Herald under George Guthrie.

A spell as acting editor of the Linlithgowshire Journal and Gazette followed before he returned to his position as number two at the Herald under current group editor Colin Hume in 2005.

The oldest son of former Irvine Parish Church Minister the Rev. John McCallum and his wife, Margaret, Duncan and his wife Myra, who were married 1975, live in Polmont.

The couple have two married children, Robbie (34), a business consultant, and Emma (31), who works in marketing and communications in New York.

The chairman and secretary of the Forth Valley branch of the National Union of Journalists and a member of its Scottish Executive Council, Duncan is also secretary of Falkirk Trades Union Council.

At a presentation to mark his ‘final edition’ last Thursday, Duncan said: “I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some great people on a great newspaper for over four decades, but now is the right time to go.”

Colin Hume said: “Duncan has been a great source of support for me during my time at The Falkirk Herald and he is greatly respected by all his colleagues.

‘‘I wish him all the best for the future.’’