Local radio station chairman passes away

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One of Midlothian’s best known characters sadly passed away at the weekend.

Black Diamond FM’s chairman John Ritchie died on Saturday (March 8) aged 67.

Mr Ritchie was at Black Diamond FM from the beginning and worked tirelessly to ensure that the dream of a community radio station for Midlothian was realised.

He was also a prominent member of Gorebridge Community Council. Archie Pacey from the local group said: “John was a very faithful member of the community council for many years.

“I have known him for 20 years. John was my best friend in Gorebridge.”

As a journalist, editor and author, Mr Ritchie brought a wide-range of contacts and considerable expertise into the development of one of the first stations in the UK to receive a community radio licence.

Mr Ritchie was also the editor of Edinburgh Guide, an author of two books about Rosslyn Chapel and spent many years working in Germany on TV and radio.

John leaves his partner Catriona and daughter Hynde.

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