TRIBUTES have been paid to the editor of a unique newspaper - delivered into every home across Cheshire.
Amanda Nelson aged 54 from Meols in Wirral has died after a short and sudden illness. She was editor of Cheshire County Council’s Your Cheshire publication with a circulation of over one million copies a year.
Amanda was educated at West Kirby County Grammar School for Girls and joined the Wirral News Group as a trainee journalist in 1972.
For a brief period Amanda was a copywriter with Brunnings Agency and between 1977 and 1979 she was a senior reporter with the Chester Chronicle.
As mother of three young children who gave up a full time job to look after them, she contributed regularly to the Daily Post, Liverpool Echo, Wirral Globe and Wirral News Group papers.
Then for 10 years from 1988 Amanda was feature writer with Candis, a monthly magazine based on the Wirral.
She joined Merseyside Police as press officer in 1998 and in 1999 became a publicity officer for Cheshire County Council.
Amanda became Publications Editor with the launch of both Our Cheshire which was for county council staff and Your Cheshire aimed at local residents.
As a mature student she studied part-time for a BA (Hons) in Social Sciences, Sociology and Politics at Liverpool John Moores University and graduated with a first class degree in 2005.
Her out of work interests included cycling, walking, poetry and the theatre.
Executive member for communications County Councillor Nora Dolphin said:
“Everyone who knew Amanda within the county council – and indeed there are many - would like to send their deepest condolences to Amanda’s husband Frank and family.
“Her determination, drive and expertise made both Our Cheshire and Your Cheshire publications extremely successful.
“Amanda will be deeply missed by her many friends within the county council.”
Amanda is survived by her husband Frank, three grown up children Leo, Lauire and Maeve and one grandchild 10 months old Luis.