Dennis Lemmon: YEP angling writer signs off after 55 years

Dennis Lemmon.
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IT was back in 1960 when I was just 28 years old when I had an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post sports editor John Bapty about writing short pieces on angling such as weekly match reports and results plus river reports for which I was paid the princely sum of one guinea, £1.05 in today’s terms.

This continued for many years until 1994 when following the sudden deaths of two angling contributors Alan Howe and Colin Dyson I took over the full page so for the past 21 years you have had to put up with my weekly ramblings.

When you look back that means over a thousand 600-word articles. How did I find the time?

In all these years modern technology passed me by for like a lot of people of my age. Computers, word processors and emails are just a foreign language for my only assists have been a ballpoint pen and an answering machine, so all of my articles have been hand written.

I think that my first offerings were written with a quill pen on parchment, for you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. But now I think that the time has come to call it a day for my eyesight is not as good as it was and my 83rd birthday is fast approaching so this will be the last column for the Yorkshire Evening Post after 55 years.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many friendships that have been built over the years with fishery owners all over the country, and in particular Kev Whincup at Carpvale and also club secretaries, the Environment Agency and the Angling Trust for their frequent newsletters and press releases. Thanks again.

I have recommended who I think should be my successor, you will find out who next Tuesday! So it is goodbye from me. Thanks for the memories and one final thought, don’t forget to renew your 2015 fishing licence!

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Results

Bobco Series at Moor Monkton: 1, O Hewitt 41-10; 2, D Wright 39-3; 3, G Miller 37-12.

Carpbait Winter Series at Brafferton, Round 12: 1, S Seckley 18-2; 2, M Person 15-0, 3, S Burley 14-8.

Carpbait Winter Series at Brafferton, Round 13: 1, A Smith 15-12; 2, I Jordan 53-7; 3, 3, R Richardson 49-7.

Carpbait Winter Series at Brafferton, Round 14: 1, S Small 67-0; 2, R Richardson 56-4; 3, J Richardson 43-10.

Kippax Park Tuesday: 1, T Hewson 64-15; 2, J Wade 35-8; 3, T Rodgers 27-3.

Kippax Park Saturday: 1, S Jeffreys 43-10; 2, A Barker 40-8; 3, S Raper 38-10.

Woodlands Wednesday: 1, J Maddison (Mosella) 68-5; 2, R Thompson (Brompton) 67-8; 3, J Murray (Colmic) 51-8.

Woodlands Saturday: 1, C Taylor (Colmic) 48-6; 2, S Keen (Colmic) 48-1; 3, D Webster (Robin Hood) 44-15.

None Go Bye Farm: 1, D Briggs (Bradford) 22-15; 2, S Michaels (Tri-Cast) 24-9; 3, S Webster (Tri-Cast) 22-0.

Moorfileds Farm Saturday: 1, D Lumley (Marshlands) 87-4; 2, S Holmes (Majestic) 70-10; 3, M Booth (Sonu) 68-4.

AJ Tackle at Ferrybridge Farm: 1, R McFaul 28-2; 2, T Harriman 26-4; 3, R Clayton 18-6.

Viking Saturday Open (Hawk): 1, P Ollerthorne 45-9; 2, D Thompson 37-12; 3, A Smith 34-6; 4, R Padgett 33-13; 5, D Sawyer 33-6.

Colton Sports AC: Kippax – Lapwing: 1, K Gale 42-10; 2, J Murray 29-5; 3, J McKenzie 24-0; 4, I Asquith 21-5.

Armley AC at Raker Highbank: 1, D Fish 36-12; 2, P Howard 26-4; 3, A Faithwaite 23-8, 4, J Levery 22-11.

Yorkshire Post at Redwood Park: T Jackson 24-8; M Tiffany 23-4; D Turner 17-11; K Gale 17-11.

White Horse at Redwood Lake: 1, S Good 77-8; 2, P Robinson 37-7; 3, D Cairns 25-8; 4, I Day 23-13.

Match Diary

Saturday

Woodlands: 72 pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Oaks at Sessay: 50 pegs, tickets £17, contact 01845 501321.

Langwith Lakes: 60 pegs, tickets £16, contact 01904 431874.

Kippax Park: 27 pegs, tickets £20, contact 07155 454371.

Moorfields Farm: 54 pegs, tickets £16, contact 07710 817150.

Fleets Dam: 50 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01226 292579.

Birkwood Farm: 60 pegs, tickets £16, contact 0113 3280609.

Viking Saturday Open: Hawk Pond, 30 pegs, £16, (01405) 860764.

Sunday

Woodlands: 72 pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Oaks at Sessay: 50 pegs, tickets £17, contact 01845 501321.

Langwith Lakes: 60 pegs, tickets £16, contact 01904 431874.

Oak Tree Leisure: 50 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01347 810686.

Bobco Winter Series at Moor Monkton Pools: contact 01904 431874.

Monday

Woodlands Over-50s: 30 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01845 520110.

Langwith Lakes Over-60s: 30 pegs, tickets £10, contact 01904 431874.

Tollerton Ponds Over-50s: 30 pegs, tikcets £16, contact 01347 838115.

Tuesday

Kippax Park: 27 pegs, tickets £10, contact 07155 454371.

Wednesday

Woodlands: 72 pegs, tickets £18, contact 01845 520110.

Fleets Dam: 50 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01226 292579.

Poppleton Lakes: 50 pegs, tickets £15, contact 01904 237279.

Tollerton Ponds Over-50s: 30 pegs, tickets £16, contact 01347 838115.

Thursday

Kippax Park: 27 pegs, tickets £12, contact 07155 454371.

The Environment Agency are working together with anglers on the River Nidd.

Environment Agency deserve credit for their work on the River Nidd