Ex-Courier women’s editor dies aged 77

Shirley Kaye Obit 15/12/11
Shirley Kaye Obit 15/12/11

AN award-winning Courier journalist has died aged 77.

Shirley Kaye was women’s editor from 1964 to 1987 and continued as gardening correspondent into the 1990s.

In 1972 she was Women’s Page Journalist of the Year in the International Publishing Corporation Awards.

She lived in Mytholmroyd and was married to Rayner Hardcastle, who died in 1996.

He was the Courier’s Elland correspondent for many years. Ms Kaye was born in Huddersfield and trained on the Leeds Guardian, Bridlington Chronicle and Batley Reporter.

From 1953 to 1958 she was deputy women’s editor and feature writer on the Yorkshire Post.

She then had a break from newspapers and worked in London from 1958 to 1962 as a scriptwriter for Sapphire Films, working on titles including “Robin Hood” and “William Tell.”

From 1962 to 1964 she was chief feature writer on the Hull Daily Mail before moving to Halifax.

During the 1960s she produced a variety of shows at the then Halifax Civic Theatre. She also published “Yorkshire Cooking” – an anthology of traditional Yorkshire recipes from the late 18th century – which sold tens of thousands.

Ms Kaye died after a short illness.

She leaves a son, Benjamin, brothers Robbie, of Somerset, Peter, of Norfolk, and sister Penelope, also of Norfolk.

“We will miss her,” said Robbie. “She was well known in the journalistic world.”

Funeral details have yet to be confirmed.