A former Packet reporter has published a book which charts her career as a journalist.

Jo Silcox, who put her pen and notebook down for the last time in 2017 in her 80th year, has written The Press Lady.

It is the story of her working life as a newspaper reporter, starting as a teenager in Salisbury, where she trained under her uncle and former Fleet Street reporter Pat Williams, who was then chief reporter of The Salisbury Times.

After working for 25 years in Salisbury, where she ended as chief reporter for the Salisbury Times & Journal, she moved to Cornwall in 1980.

She started work for the Packet, as chief reporter for Camborne-Redruth, and four years later moved to The West Briton in Truro, where she worked for 12 years before being made redundant.

She then worked as a freelance for a while and then began to cover magistrates' courts, firstly for the Packet, at Camborne, and later for the Briton as well.

When Camborne court closed she moved to Truro Court, working for both papers for just under 20 years, when she then decided to retire.

Jo, who lives in Feock with her husband David, continued to work for the Briton covering court results, finally putting down notebook and pen in September 2017.