FORMER Barry and District News reporter Howard Green has died, aged 91.

The distinguished journalist was launch editor of the Evening Post, Reading, one of the first computer-set, web offset daily newspapers planned by Lord Thomson – taking its circulation from zero to 55,000 in four years.

He was born in Barry and joined the Barry and District News as a trainee reporter, aged 15. After National Service in the army, he moved to the Cardiff-based South Wales Echo, serving as district reporter for the Aberdare valley before moving to the South Wales Argus in Newport as industrial correspondent.

Once retired, he developed his political interests – his son Damian is the MP for Ashford, Kent. He was chairman of the South Oxfordshire Conservative Association at the time of Michael Heseltine’s retirement as MP for Henley and chaired the selection committee which ultimately selected Boris Johnson as Heseltine’s successor.

He leaves a wife, June, children and four grandchildren.