Rothbury is a town in Northumberland, 13.5 miles (21.7 km) north west of Morpeth. Chartered as a market town in 1291, Rothbury became a centre for dealing in cattle and wool in the area. Today, the town is a popular base walkers, with landmarks including the Victorian-era mansion Cragside, Simonside Hills and Northumberland National Park.
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.