Gary Skentelbery stood to the left of his father, David Skentelbery. Both are holding David's honorary freeman award

Founder of Warrington Worldwide, David Skentelbery, has been made Honorary Freeman of Warrington.


David is a recognised champion of providing free community news for all, across the current local titles of Warrington Worldwide, Lymm Life and Culcheth Life.

David has almost 70 years of local news reporting experience across Warrington. He started his career with the Knutsford Guardian, Warrington Guardian and Lancashire Evening Post, before setting up his own local media organisation, Orbit News, more than 50 years ago.

Equally, David set up Warrington Worldwide, the well-known, borough-wide free publication and website, 25 years ago.

Since launching his Warrington-based titles, David has covered hundreds – if not thousands – of community features and stories. His journalism has supported many community and voluntary organisations to receive profile across Warrington. Equally, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Warrington Worldwide also established a Legacy Project, investing grants into local groups and charities – further proof of David’s community-centred approach to work.

Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Steve Wright, said: “David has been an exceptional servant to Warrington and our communities over decades of dedicated reporting. He has put countless community causes and groups on the map, helping to shine a light on many successes within the borough.”

David’s son and Warrington Worldwide co-founder,  Gary Skentelbery, said: “It is an absolute honour to see my father receive this recognition. He is probably the most modest person I have ever met in my life and will be wondering why he has been given this award for ‘doing his job’.

“He has helped to change the face of the media, spending thousands of hours working in the council chambers over many years, ensuring local people knew what was happening in the corridors of power.

“His invaluable support, working behind the scenes, in the engine room, enabled me to get out and about in the community, ensuring the people of Warrington get a free, independent news source, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. None of this would have been possible without my father’s dedication and commitment to Warrington.”

18 June 2024