Dalesman, the bible of Yorkshire rural life, is to have a new editor – only the fifth in its seventy-year history.

Paul Jackson, 54, also editor of the national Countryman magazine, takes over Dalesman this month from Terry Fletcher, who has been editor for almost 15 years.

Paul, who lives in the Yorkshire Dales, said: “It has been a great honour to become editor of Dalesman and I follow in the footsteps of four illustrious and talented journalists in Harry Scott, Bill Mitchell MBE, David Joy MBE and Terry. Each editor has added to the magazine’s unique identity and during my time I want to continue to celebrate the county and remind Yorkshire folk all around the world about its fascinating history, glorious landscape and the interesting people who help shape the county today.”

Dalesman was founded by Harry Scott in the village of Clapham at the foot of Ingleborough in 1939 and is the country’s biggest selling regional magazine. Today the magazine is published from Broughton Hall, near Skipton, by Country Publications Ltd which also owns Countryman, Cumbria and Down Your Way.

Terry said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Dalesman and leaving has been the toughest decision of my career but the wrench has been made a little easier by knowing that the magazine is going to be in such excellent hands. When I was appointed the late Richard Whiteley told me I had just got the best job in journalism and he was right.”

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Background: Originally from the Heavy Woollen District, Paul (above) now lives in North Ribblesdale with his son William. He started his journalistic career as a sports writer and worked on various publications with Bradford and District Newspapers for 19 years before joining Dalesman Publishing Company as production editor in 1993. He took over as managing editor of The Countryman and Down Your Way magazines in 2006 and is now looking forward to the extra responsibility of developing the country’s biggest- selling regional magazine.

For further information call Paul Jackson on 01756 701381 or email Paul at Paul@dalesman.co.uk

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