Founder of the East End Enquirer Mark Baynes dies aged 61

It’s with great sadness that I have to let you know the terrible news that friend and founder of the East End Enquirer (formerly Love Wapping) Mark Baynes passed away on Wednesday 20th July aged 61 and send my deepest condolences to Mark’s family at this awful time.

I will share further information as I’m able in due course, but in the meantime I would like to ask Mark’s readers, contributors, friends and colleagues to think about how they will remember him so that I can post a fitting obituary on his East End Enquirer website.

Please feel free to comment on this post or contact me directly but note that we do not have access to Mark’s Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Vickie Flores

Twitter: @vickieflores / Instagram: @vickiefloresphoto

16 thoughts on “Founder of the East End Enquirer Mark Baynes dies aged 61

  1. Really sad news. Mark was really devoted to investigative journalism and the East End.

  2. Really sad. He was really passionate about TH and the politics. He’ll be missed. What will happen to EEE?

  3. It’s very sad news that Mark has passed away.
    Met him many times when I was a Councillor, admired his work to bring the corruption in Tower Hamlets to the public and fight hard against it.
    He will be sadly missed RIP Mark

  4. Heart-breaking news. Mark made an astonishing contribution to local investigative journalism and cared deeply about Wapping and his local community. R.I.P. Mark.

  5. I certainly didn’t agree with Mark all the time, but could always respect his dedication to Tower Hamlets, Wapping and to journalism in the public interest. People like Mark make the world a better place.

  6. Mark’s passing is a terrible lost to our community and to local journalism.
    His standards were high, his deduction
    to honesty and transparency in public service are lessons for us all.
    He spoke his truth at all times.
    Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse are less without him.

  7. Sorry for your loss. We thought Mark was writing this blog (as Moley). Who is actually writing it now then?

  8. I never actually got to meet Mark which is such a shame as I became such a big support of his when we lost mum at Aspen Court during COVID. We exchanged such supportive emails and when I stood as a local councillor candidate for the Liberal Democrat Party he posted an amazing personal twitter about me. What I knew of him he was a lovely man and I’m extremely sad I never got to meet him. My heart and thoughts go out to his family and friends as taken too early

  9. Your cup is empty our hearts are sad no more our meetings or the blogs but you will be remembered friend RIP

  10. That is such terrible news, I’m deeply saddened. Mark was a trooper, a pragmatist and a fearless journalist. Despite the personal challenges he went through, he never lost his fire or his great sense of humour. I will miss him deeply.

  11. Very sorry to hear about Mark’s death. His community journalism was outstanding and brave. A true champion of the truth and justice, always with a humorous style. Andy Erlam.

  12. Kept a watchful eye on Tower Hamlets Council, everyone may not agree with some of his views but provided a great deal of information for debates and discussions. He will be sadly missed.

  13. Very sad. Good journalists who really understand their trade and are prepared to hold those in power to account are in short supply. A big loss to east London. Commiserations to his friends and family.

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