Highlands & Islands

Posthumous award for Highland journalist Clive Dennier

Clive Dennier
Image caption Newspaper journalist Clive Dennier had been a keen hillwalker

The family of a newspaper reporter who died on a hillwalking trip is to receive an award recognising lifetime achievement in journalism.

Clive Dennier, 50, went missing in March after going for a hike.

His body was later found on the Knoydart Peninsula.

His family will be given the Barron Trophy, which is awarded annually at the Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards.

Mr Dennier was reported missing after he failed to turn up for work at the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald.

Various searches were made of areas where he was known to go walking.

A member of the public found his body in the Kinloch Hourn area on the Knoydart Peninsula.

Mr Dennier's career included spells at the Press and Journal, Nairnshire Telegraph and in public relations at NHS Highland.

'Good friend'

Awards chairman Gordon Fyfe paid tribute to Mr Dennier's reliable, fair and accurate reporting.

Mr Fyfe said: "The Highland journalistic family lost one of its most popular members with the sudden and untimely death of Clive, who was an excellent newspaper reporter, being reliable, fair and accurate at all times.

"He was also a very sociable person, who was a very good friend to many people in the newspaper industry.

"The Barron Trophy recognises lifetime achievement in journalism in the Highlands and Islands and we are unanimously of the view that Clive's outstanding contribution to journalism in this distinctive corner of Scotland deserves our recognition."

The award will be made at the press ball in February.

In October, a new aid to help locate hillwalkers or climbers who get into difficulty was launched in Mr Dennier's memory.

It is called the Climbers Location and Identification Verification Envelope (Clive), and allows people to leave details of a planned trek with friends or family.

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