For nearly four decades Bert Hackett has been drawing inspiration from the news to produce The Birmingham Post's Gemini cartoons.

The 72-year-old cartoonist, who lives in Moseley, initially began his role at the paper in 1966 with design firm partner Gavin Gallagher.

Since then he has drawn more than 11,000 cartoons and illustrations.

But after ten years, Mr Hackett was producing the pithy political cartoons on his own.

Tonight, his career - which has outlived ten editors and six Prime Ministers - will be celebrated on Central News.

Mr Hackett trained at Birmingham College of Art and then spent ten years at the Manchester Evening News as a news illustrator before returning to Birmingham to set up a graphic design firm.

"We did a lot of work for the Birmingham Post and Mail, and I was there virtually every day, and one day I was asked to do cartoons," he said.

"Initially Gavin and I were going to share the job, but after ten years I was doing it on my own, but despite resisting the job I found I really enjoyed doing political cartoons.

Fiona Alexander, editor of The Birmingham Post, said: "Bert has the ability to be humorous and controversial at the same time whether it's a local or national issue.

"I do believe he is the best of his kind on a regional or national paper."