Tributes pour in for former journalist

The late Kenneth Dix, a former Scarborough Evening News chief reporter.
The late Kenneth Dix, a former Scarborough Evening News chief reporter.

Tribute has been paid to a former Scarborough Evening News chief reporter who died this week at 90.

Kenneth Dix died peacefully in his sleep at a care home in the town on Tuesday evening.

Mr Dix joined Scarborough and District Newspapers in the late 1940s, where he became chief reporter, before leaving in 1953 to run his own news and sports agency for eight years.

He went on to work for Yorkshire Post Newspapers for 13 years and then rejoined the Scarborough Evening News in 1975. He also became sports editor.

When he returned to the company, he commented on how technology had sparked a major change in the newspaper industry, saying: “When I was last an Evening News reporter the papers were the old broadsheet size and were set by casting type from molten lead.

“Now computers set the type photographically and pages are collated with ruler and scalpel in an airy blue-carpeted composing room.”

Former chief reporter at the Evening News, Chris Nixon, yesterday described him as a “real gentleman”.

He added: “He was a great journalist who was known by many people in Scarborough.

“When I started out as a young reporter he was extremely helpful and I respected him greatly.”

Ed Asquith, editor of the Scarborough News, said: “I have known Ken since the late 1980s and he was always a very affable and gregarious character, whose reputation as a journalist was well-known. We would like to pass on our sincere condolences to his family.”

Mr Dix was born in Manchester and came to Yorkshire when he served with the 431 Squadron, based at Burn, near Selby, in the Second World War.

He flew on operations as a navigator against German targets and U-boat pens at Brest and St Nazaire, as well as taking part in mining operations. He was shot down in the Duisburg raid and was made a Prisoner of War in Germany.

A keen sportsman, he was a member of South Cliff Golf Club, Scarborough Rugby Club and Scarborough Yacht Club and was the president of Scarborough Water Ski Club.

He loved swimming, playing golf, football, rugby, squash and tennis and his many hobbies included walking, reading, art, music and theatre.

Mr Dix was also a governor of Pindar School and ran for Scarborough District Council in 1973 as a candidate for the Northstead Ward.

Scarborough councillor and freelance journalist David Jeffels added: “He was a well-respected journalist who worked in the town for many years and many people will remember him as a great professional.”

Mr Dix was the chairman of Scarborough Press Ball Committee and the town’s branch of the National Union of Journalists.

He was interested in community service and charity work, particularly during his years with Scarborough Round Table.

He leaves behind his wife, Betty, two children, Debra and Craig, and grandson, Sam.

His funeral will be held at Scarborough Crematorium at 1.20pm next Friday (September 7).

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