Driffield Show reporter Dave Taylor honoured

David Taylor, front centre, with his award at Driffield Show 2012
David Taylor, front centre, with his award at Driffield Show 2012

A LONG serving newspaper reporter who has worked with Yorkshire’s farming community for over four decades was honoured by Driffield Agricultural Society at the Driffield show last week.

Former Hull Daily Mail reporter, Dave Taylor, was given the long service award last Wednesday after reporting on 42 consecutive Driffield Shows.

Born and bred in the East Riding, countryside reporter Dave had the job of keeping the public abreast of the latest issues affecting rural communities, a task he achieved admirably despite dramatic changes in the farming industry.

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Jullian Cook, from the Driffield Agricultural Society, said: “Dave has been coming here for 42 years and always used to be the last to leave, writing reports on his typewriter until very late in the day.

“Dave started out as a reporter when he was 18 and is blessed with an easy manner and undoubted word skills.

“He has been a vital link for the farming community in Yorkshire and with his farming background he has an encyclopedic knowledge of rural issues.”

Dave said: “It is brilliant to be honoured by the Driffield Agricultural Society, it really is something.

“I’ve seen many changes here over the years, when I first started I had to lug my typewriter around with me as I chased down stories.

“It really is a fantastic show, and I hope to keep coming for a good few years yet.”

Dave, who also received a similar long service honour at the Yorkshire show last week, was given the award along with Harry Berriman, James Hall, Mick Berriman, James Hall and Ken Malster who were all recognised for their dedication within the farming industry over a number of years.

Harry Berriman, 77, of Church Street in Hutton, worked as a plowman and tractor demonstrator during his 41 year farming career, and was praised for his high skill level when presented with his award last Wednesday.

Ken Malster, 45, who’s farming career has spanned 45 years was complimented on his determination and skill in operating hydraulic controls, whilst Mick Berriman was recognised by judges for his work with large farming machinery.