Much respected Whitehaven News scribe dies at 83 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Monday, 09 November 2020

terry hounds.pngWhen the Whitehaven News used to be “the bible” of hound trailing in west Cumberland, the regular writer was Terry Harrison.

An enthusiastic follower of the sport, as well  as the most able and respected chronicler, Terry died recently at the age of 83 and his funeral service was held on Friday.

Determined to be on the spot whenever possible he and his daughters Julie and Linda used to attend meetings up to three times a week, regardless of the weather.

Born in York he had moved with his family to Cumberland when his father took a job with an Egremont chocolate firm.

After attending Whitehaven Grammar School he joined the Whitehaven News, originally as a teaboy and then into the editorial department from where his early love for hound trailing landed him the ultimate job – covering it for the paper.

Roy Laidler, an official of the HTA for many years said: " Sad news. I remember his regular calls at 10pm for the results and commentary on the finishes. Then... any gossip? My position nearly always made me add... you can't print this!!! True to his word, he didn't.

"A top class reporter who always supported hound trailing in our sports weekly gospel, the Whitehaven. Rest in peace Terry, you were a gentleman and a true friend. My condolences to family. "  

He had risen to the position of deputy editor when he retired but maintained an interest in sport through playing darts and bowls.

Terry was a family man and was greatly loved by all of them, leaving behind wife June (Rose), daughters Julie and Linda, six grandchildren: Natasha, Shona, Scarlett, Eleanor, Virginia and Abigail and one great grandchild, Derry.

The private funeral service for Terry, who lived at Cleator Moor, was held on Friday at Distington Hall crematorium.

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