Alan Birchenall starts his day as Leicester Mercury guest editor
Leicester Mercury guest editor Alan Birchenall has arrived at the paper's offices - and is already getting stuck in to the job by taking part in this morning's news conference.
The Leicester City legend is the newspaper's first guest editor in its 139-year history.
The Birch has commissioned a series of features for the paper, and has interviewed a variety of well-known Leicestershire people.
At 10.30am today he joined editor Richard Bettsworth, news editors Linda Steelyard and David Harrison for the morning's news conference, which looks at what stories reporters are working on for the following day's paper.
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He will spend the day liaising with reporters and editorial staff and making decisions about tomorrow's editon.
Before today, he had already been out and about in the city centre speaking to people about their fashion looks – an experience he described as “one of the best assignments I’ve ever had”.
Other highlights in tomorrow's Birch-edited edition include an interview by our Saturday magazine’s curmudgeonly columnist, Fred Leicester, with fellow moaner Alan Leicester, who voices his views on topics including manners, referees and breaking wind.
The Birch will also be spending part of today answering readers’ questions, so this is your chance to grill him.
If there is a burning question you would like to put to the Birch, e-mail it to the address below by noon today .
Questions can be about anything you like – Alan himself, Leicester City, local news or anything else that takes your fancy.
The Birch will answer as many of your questions as he can manage to fit in around his editing duties and the results will appear on our website.
E-mail your questions, putting “The Birch” in the subject line, to: