Since Dalesman was first published from the front room of Harry Scott’s Dales home back in 1939 there have been just six editors at the helm of this great Yorkshire institution.
I am lucky enough to become editor number six, but my predecessors have set a formidable standard to live up to.
Last Thursday I was delighted to be invited to the leaving do of Paul Jackson, who has retired from the Dalesman hotseat (though he will continue to edit national sister magazine The Countryman).
Paul has been a great help, offering advice and support and answering my countless questions.
There was genuine warmth shown towards Paul on his special evening and he gave a very moving speech.
Among Paul’s leaving gifts was an original cartoon by Tony Husband, showing him scoring the winning goal for his beloved Huddersfield Town at the cup final. He also received a poem from the pen of the Bard of Barnsley, Ian McMillan.
Paul’s ‘do’ was a wonderful event, with many people present whose names will be very familiar to Dalesman readers.
For me, it was a perfect early opportunity to meet the writers that make Dalesman such a popular publication.
I was particularly delighted to meet so many of my illustrious predecessors. Present were three of the four living Dalesman editors and it was inspiring and uplifting to be in their company. I feel honoured to be joining their ranks.