FREE Press sports reporter Cyril Skinner was the star of the show at the O2 Yorkshire and Humber Media Awards.
He picked up the evening’s Outstanding Contribution honour for his work with Bridlington sporting community over the last 20 years.
Aged 80, Cyril is believed to be one of the oldest sports journalists in the country, and he made a big impression on everyone at the event at the Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds.
Award organisers were amazed by his continued enthusiasm to deliver the best possible sports coverage for the paper. He was nominated by journalism colleagues who also praised his diligence and eye for detail.
The paper’s sports editor John Edwards said: “Although he has had no formal journalism training, and only joined the profession in his 60s, he writes, subs, researches on the internet and has a local contacts book that other people could only dream of.
“He is never off-duty. Every Saturday he will be at a football or cricket match, chatting to managers, players and supporters.
“Midweek, he will be checking results late at night or texting me scores from local matches.
“Everyone in Bridlington’s sporting community knows Cyril, and he knows them - and their phone number, where they work, their wife’s name and all sorts of other bits of information. You won’t find anyone with a bad word to say about him,” he added.
Ann McCracken, O2’s Head of Communications for the North, presented the award.
She said: “Cyril was described as Mr Free Press Sport and I hope he will continue to be for many years to come. He is a worthy winner of the Outstanding Contribution award.
In the Weekly Newspaper of the Year category the Free Press was described as a great community newspaper that was well designed and put together, full of information and good value for money.
Judges loved the variety of content and the attention grabbing front pages, which included a story on a naked man super gluing himself to a desk in the local Job Centre as a protest over benefit payments and a seagull breaking a pensioner’s pelvis.
Read the full story in next Thursday’s Free Press