Allendale is a large village in south west Northumberland and lies within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village’s economy relies heavily on agriculture, mainly sheep farming, and tourism, but its past has strong links with lead-mining smelting and its own railway. It is now popular commuter town for Newcastle upon Tyne.
Brian was appointed Editor of The Journal in December 2003, joining from Trinity Mirror's Liverpool base where he was Editorial Development Manager for the company's regional titles. He has also held senior positions at the Daily Record and the Evening Express, Aberdeen, as well as being a former Editor of the Lincolnshire Echo.