50 not out: Sussex sports journalist’s half-century

Ken McEwan, the former sports editor of the Eastbourne Herald and Gazette series, was this week celebrating 50 years as a sports journalist.

McEwan, 65, retired last year but has been freelancing for the titles since then – as a holiday relief sports sub or covering Conference football club Eastbourne Borough.

So he was in the office this week for a surprise presentation, where he was given a “50 not out” cricket-themed cake by Herald series editor-in-chief Keith Ridley.

“Ken has been a terrific servant of newspapers in East Sussex, and is every bit as enthusiastic about local sport today as he was 50 years ago,” Ridley told HoldTheFrontPage.

McEwan started his career as a 15-year-old on the Bexhill Observer, taking home £3 3s 6d a week. He later moved to the Hastings Observer as sports editor before moving to the Eastbourne titles in 1979.

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