Haltwhistle is a small town in Northumberland dating back to Roman times. It expanded in the 18th and 19th centuries due to coal mining in the area and its close proximity to the main Newcastle to Carlisle road and railway line. Paint manufacture then became the town’s major industry, but now the tourist industry dominates the economy.
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.