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West Yorkshire veteran Alec Ramsden dies aged 81

13 August 2013

Stan Solomons

Alec Ramsden, a veteran West Yorkshire journalist and an active member of the NUJ, has died aged 81. For nearly 25 years, until he took early retirement in 1993, he was Chief Reporter at the Huddersfield office of the Yorkshire Post.

Alec's funeral is at the Huddersfield Crematorium on Tuesday, August 20, at 1.15 pm.

Alec, who died at his home in Honley, near Huddersfield on August 7 after a short illness, started his journalistic career as a copy boy on the Telegraph and Argus at Bradford and moved to the Dewsbury Reporter series where he had charge of the Mirfield edition. He then moved to the Huddersfield Examiner, initially as Holme Valley correspondent, before taking up town centre duties.

A staunch trade unionist, he was both clerk and father of the Huddersfield Examiner National Union of Journalists chapel and was, for ten years, clerk of the Yorkshire Area Council of the union. For many years, he served on the organising committee of the Huddersfield Press Ball.

A sports enthusiast, he was a keen follower of both Huddersfield Rugby League Club and Huddersfield Town AFC, reporting the activities of both clubs for the Yorkshire Post and other periodicals.

A waterways enthusiast who had cruised most of the canals of England, he was, for many years, a member of the Council of Management of Huddersfield Canal Society. He was a director and trustee of the Society and its Press Officer. He was also Chairman of the Marketing Group of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal Joint Committee.

He was also for many years a presenter of the Kirklees Recorder – the area's talking newspaper for the blind.

He was a member of the Brockholes Bowling Club and was captain of the veterans team.

Alec, whose wife Margaret died in 2008 – they were married for 47 years – is survived by his son Graham who is Senior Project Manager of the Canal and River Trust based in Leeds.

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