Sudden death of tourism boss

A founding director of Northumberland Tourism, David Hunter, has died from a fatal blood clot just days after twisting his ankle on holiday in Turkey.

Northumberland Tourism remember David Hunter

David's death was a great shock. David was involved with Northumberland Tourism for a long time. He was involved in the management of flagship hotels and pushed the bar of those hotels. Doxford Hall was one of the leading hotels and [David] provided a great service. So there is disappointment he is not here to take things forward.

– Jude Leitch, Tourism Development Manager, Northumberland Tourism

Tributes to former tourism boss

David Hunter
David Hunter: a founding director of the Northumberland Tourism organisation. Credit: ITV

David Hunter, a founding director of the Northumberland Tourism organisation, collapsed last Sunday at his home after a seemingly small accident while on holiday with wife Sue in the resort of Icmeler.

The 59-year-old was rushed to hospital where specialists carried out scans before discovering a blood clot on his lung.

Despite receiving emergency treatment, the father-of-two suffered a heart attack in the early hours of Monday and he died in hospital the next day.

Mr Hunter was born in Hartlepool and grew up in Morpeth, Northumberland.