I was saddened to learn a couple of days ago of the very sudden death of Herbert Clarkson - the 'Son' in H. Clarkson & Son of Layerthorpe, York.
Herbert was my partner is Camden during the late 1970s, and I was his in Clarksons at the same time; we eventually went our separate ways, but had remained good friends since. Indeed we had been planning a book on the extraordinary history of Clarksons, which I will now unfortunately have to complete on my own.
As well as being a thoroughly nice man and friend, Herbert was a superb model engineer, whether designing and building steam models or the very complex industrial models which were the firm's bread & butter.
The model engineering world has lost one of its greats.
The designs of H. Clarkson & Son/Clarksons of York are being gradually re-introduced by Blackgates Engineering.