A former regional press journalist who went on to become a broadcaster and author has died at the age of 84.
Ian Skidmore, left, started his journalism career at the Manchester City News before going on to work at the Yorkshire Evening Post, and the Daily Despatch in Liverpool before working for the Daily Mirror in Manchester, where he was night news editor.
In the early 1960s he set up his own news agency in Chester, where his biggest story was the Moors Murders trial, before he worked for nearly 30 years with BBC Wales, presenting radio and television programmes, while also writing columns for the North Wales Daily Post and writing books.
He wrote: “Skiddy and I never actually met in the flesh and yet became what he described as Great Old Friends. After a certain age you don’t make new friends: you make only old friends.
“Ours was a purely electronic relationship, depending originally on the telephone, then on e-mail and finally on that miracle called Skype.
“About five years ago, when he decided he’d like to collect all his old columns into what he’d heard was called a blog, he asked me about it and my IT-savvy daughter created blogs for the pair of us.
“His became Skidmore’s Island (the name of a BBC radio ‘station’ he had invented on Anglesey); mine evolved into Gentlemen Ranters with Skiddy as its first mainstay contributor.”
Ian moved to Anglesey in Wales after marrying fellow journalist Celia Lucas in 1971 and one of his most popular programmes while working for BBC Wales was his weekly ‘Radio Brynsiencyn’ which he presented from his cottage in the village of that name.
He also worked for the World Service, Australian Broadcasting, Granada TV, HTV and Radio 4 and wrote more than 30 books, including his autobiographical Forgive Us Our Press Passes.
After retiring in 2003, Ian and Celia moved to March and he later started his weekly blog.
Ian leaves his wife Celia, two daughters and a son, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His funeral will take place at March Crematorium at 11.30 on 18 October.