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Death of David Riley

David Riley, a former Yorkshire Evening Post feature writer, has died.

He was 58 and had been ill.

He began his career in journalism in 1959 as a trainee reporter on the Dewsbury Reporter.

He also worked at the Huddersfield Examiner and the Sheffield Star before joining the Yorkshire Evening Post as a feature writer in 1968.

With his colleague Alan Thompson, and under the pseudonym Dave Thompson, he jointly produced Tyke Talk, a weekly dialect column based on a fictitious West Yorkshire textile mill and its workforce.

In 1986 he moved to the Pontefract and Castleford Express to become news editor, and apart from a brief spell at the Wakefield Express, he remained there until his death.

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