VETERAN sub-editor at the Mail-Times Keith Lockwood will retire from journalism after more than 45 years in the industry.
Editor Georgia Bailey announced his retirement to staff on Thursday afternoon.
It will take effect in mid July.
Lockwood began as a cadet on The Sun News-Pictorial in January 1969 and was with The Sun for a decade.
He joined the then family newspaper the Wimmera Mail-Times in January 1979 and has continued on the staff since then.
His roles have included reporter, sub-editor and acting editor.
His retirement marks the end of an era - he is the last Lockwood in Australia in full-time newspaper journalism, a family tradition that has spanned more than a century.