Newbiggin-by-the-Sea is a small town on the North Sea coast. Once an important port for shipping grain and a coal mining town, it is still a small fishing port. The Lifeboat Station is the oldest operational boathouse in the British Isles, opened in 1851 following a fishing disaster in which ten fishermen lost their lives in stormy seas.
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.