Tributes after death of ‘tough journalist’ Dick

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Tributes have been paid to a top South Yorkshire journalist who has died aged 68.

Richard ‘Dick’ Clark, who rose to become head of news of The Star’s sister paper, the Yorkshire Post, was born in Armthorpe, Doncaster. An obituary in the Yorkshire Post said: “Mr Clark was a tough journalist, and did not suffer fools. To those he liked, he was charming, amusing, and always the life and soul of any party. He will be remembered as a true newspaperman.”

His newspaper career spanned five decades, starting straight from Percy Jackson Grammar School in Doncaster on his local newspaper, the Doncaster Evening Post - forerunner of The Star in the town.

Very quickly he moved to H L Peet’s freelance agency, then worked shifts for the Daily Mail in Manchester where he was offered a job. He later worked in London for the then Daily Mail editor Sir David English on the campaign to help elect the Conservatives under Margaret Thatcher in 1979. wAfter Manchester, he returned to Yorkshire, working on the Bridlington Free Press before joining the Yorkshire Post, initially as district chief reporter in its Hull 
office.

He was later promoted to head of news, before working as equestrian editor on the newspaper in later years.