Former Bridlington Free Press reporter dies aged 68

Dick Clark.
Dick Clark.

A former Bridlington Free Press reporter, who went on to become head of news at the Yorkshire Post, has died, aged 68.

Richard ‘Dick’ Clark’s newspaper career spanned five decades, starting in Doncaster on his local newspaper, the Doncaster Evening Post before moving to H L Peet’s freelance agency.

He had various stints back at Doncaster before working shifts for the Daily Mail in Manchester where he was offered a job, and spent many years as a reporter for the Mail covering major stories throughout the UK.

His most memorable stories included Donald Campbell’s death during the world water speed record at Coniston Water and later working in London for the then Daily Mail editor Sir David English on the campaign to help elect the Conservatives under Margaret Thatcher in 1979.

He died on the same day as the former Prime Minister.

After Manchester, he returned to Yorkshire, working on the Bridlington Free Press in the 1980s before joining the Yorkshire Post as district chief reporter in its Hull office. He subsequently moved to the newspaper’s head office in Leeds, becoming head of news.

Mr Clark’s prowess at clay pigeon shooting was nationally renowned, and he ultimately won the Great Britain All Round and was described as one of the finest shots in the country. He represented England at English Skeet, ISU and Sporting and was in the England Olympic Trap team.

In 1994 he married his second wife Jean MacQuarrie, the editor of Ackrill Newspapers at Harrogate.