Cramlington is a town in Northumberland and during World War 1, No. 36 Home Defence Squadron, which protected the North East of England, was based there. In 1964 it was proclaimed a New Town after large housing estates were built. It is now home to Manor Walks shopping centre, Concordia leisure centre and huge land sculpture Northumberlandia.
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.