A JOURNALIST from Ormskirk has received a lifetime achievement award posthumously for his services to the profession.
Clive Dennier who was 50, died as the result of a hill walking accident in the West Highlands, last year. At the time he was working with the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald.
At the Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards on February 7, Clive was awarded the Barron Trophy, named after the former editor of the Inverness Courier, which is a lifetime achievement award for journalists working in the Highlands and Islands.
Clive was originally from Ormskirk and his parents, Terry and Jean, and sisters Alison, Gill and Judy are extremely proud of what he achieved and the close friendships he made. Judy and her husband Mike attended the awards to receive Clive’s award.
Clive’s career in journalism began in 1984 at the Pontypridd Observer in south Wales and he also worked for the Oxford Mail, Thetford Times and Eastern Daily.
He loved travel and his first real overseas experience was working on the Gulf Daily News in Bahrain for three years from 1990.
Clive’s family described him as a “free spirit”, always being cheerful, relaxed and amusing. He was keenly interested in politics, history, art and literature. As well as hill walking, he enjoyed playing draughts, travelling and parties, especially ones that involved dressing up.
He was a great Liverpool supporter and loved his Thursday night indoor football sessions.
From the sun and sand of the Middle East, Clive headed to the extreme of the Highlands. He joined the P&J in May 1995 and remained there for 13 years. After spells as a freelance reporter and in PR with NHS Highland, the Cairngorms National Park Authority and the Highland Labour MSPs office he returned to full time journalism with the Strathspey in 2011.
Clive was godfather to one of Strathy editor Gavin Musgrove’s sons.
Gavin said: “Not a day goes by without everyone connected with the Strathy – and I suspect all of his many friends – thinking about Clive. There are always fond reminders of him, particularly at work but also at home and whilst out and about. Clive left so many memories.
“He loved life and lived it his own way. He never had a bad word for anyone and no one had a bad word to say against him. But he always had a joke or a funny tale or observation – and nearly always a big grin on his face.
“Clive was a very talented reporter.”