Author signs in at event

Roy Briggs was on hand at Taylors in Bar Street to autograph copies of his new book. He is pictured signing one of the copies for the Rev Nigel Spencer and his wife Joyce. 121870. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'05/05/2012.

Roy Briggs was on hand at Taylors in Bar Street to autograph copies of his new book. He is pictured signing one of the copies for the Rev Nigel Spencer and his wife Joyce. 121870. Picture by Dave Kettlewell.'05/05/2012.

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SIGN here please ... that was one request former journalist Roy Briggs was happy to fulfill.

Mr Briggs put his name to the copy of his book Eve of Forgiveness, A Journalist’s Journey at an event in Taylors, in Bar Street, Scarborough.

With almost half a century in journalism – 28 years news reporting, 20 in horse racing – the 72-year-old grandfather has a fascinating life story.

The book has various bizarre, humorous and tragic human-interest stories, while his racing career saw the launch of a successful media campaign to expose ascandal involving cruelty to racehorses.

The front cover was designed by his granddaughter Emily, 15. “She was only 14 at the time and I was delighted with her efforts,” said Mr Briggs who lives in Scarborough.

Emily, who lives at Crowle, near Scunthorpe, hopes to make a career from art.

Mr Briggs will make a donation to Cancer Research UK from every book sold.

The Eve of Forgiveness costs £8.99 and can be bought at Taylors or ordered online at www.fast-print.net/bookshop