The Lancaster Guardian’s Senior Content Editor has paid tribute to her former colleague who died in the Malaysian airline disaster.
Debbie Butler worked at the Blackpool Citizen in the late 1980s with Glenn Thomas, 49, who was on board flight MH17 – shot down over war-torn Ukraine.
She said: “When I picture Glenn, he’s got this big smile and I remember the real hearty laugh he had that was infectious.
“I hadn’t seen Glenn for several years but ironically, he was coming up to the Lakes in September for his 50th birthday and there were plans for us to meet up.
“Sadly, that won’t happen now but I remember Glenn with great fondness, and my thoughts go out to his family and all those who will miss him.”
Glenn is one of at least nine British nationals known to be among those on board the Boeing 777-200,
He grew up in South Shore, Blackpool and went to Highfield High School.
Glenn worked as a journalist in Blackpool before joining the BBC in the early 1990s.