Tributes have been paid to a generous and fearless former journalist who was a big part of the community.

Mark Van de Weyer died on May 3 aged 72.

Mark moved to Marshwood in 2004 when his partner Caroline bought a house there, and quickly became active in the community.

He was appointed to the Acorn Academy Trust and served on it for several years, he became a trustee of the Citizens Advice Bureau in Bridport, responsible for publicity, and he also edited the Golden Cap Magazine, a church publication which Mark expanded to include more features on village affairs to gain a wider readership.

Mark regularly contributed to the Bridport News, keeping the team updated on what was happening in Marshwood and at the Citizens Advice Bureau. He will be deeply missed by all at the Bridport News.

His partner Caroline said: “This was a man who freely admitted he had made a mess of his school career. He left at the age of 17, joined the Luton News as a cub reporter and soon was made editor.

“In his early twenties, Mark moved to the Financial Times and worked there for 23 years in a variety of roles, including as managing director of ten financial magazines under the Financial Times aegis. During that time, he also served as a Labour councillor for Islington.

“After a new Financial Times manager - known in Private Eye at the time as ‘Slasher Hill’ - ruthlessly sacked a whole layer of management, which included Mark, this resourceful journalist set up a press cuttings company with colleagues. He has continued in a non-executive role.

“Mark made his mark in west Dorset. He had a hatred of corruption and humbug in local affairs, was fearless in confronting those he could see were doing harm and made some powerful enemies. Those many, many people who benefited from his friendship, generosity and kindly advice will miss him terribly.”

Mark Van de Weyer is survived by his long-time partner Caroline, his brothers Andrew and Robert, his sons Alex and Nick and five grandchildren, as well as many other relatives.