About us

SilsdenToday is the new home of news, views and events listings for the town of Silsden in West Yorkshire, UK.

SilsdenToday was set up in February 2020 by local journalist and broadcaster Stuart Clarkson.

Stuart was born at Airedale Hospital and grew up in Silsden, attending Aire View Infants and Hothfield Street Junior School in the 1980s and early 90s. After secondary school in Skipton, he studied Broadcast Journalism at the University of Leeds and has spent the last two decades working in radio broadcasting, public relations and online journalism.

His radio career has taken him from presenting on Skipton’s Yorkshire Dales Radio/Fresh AM to reading the news on BBC Radio 5 Live with many commercial radio stations along the way. He has held PR roles at a police force and local council as well as undertaking freelance public relations and marketing projects.

Along side freelance work at the BBC, Stuart writes for the radio industry trade website RadioToday and hosts a weekly podcast about radio. He also volunteers as a school governor at Ermysted’s Grammar School in Skipton.

Stuart lives in Silsden with his wife, two children, dog, cat and chickens. The Clarkson family tree in Silsden has been traced back to Jonas Clarkson, a shoemaker who was born in the town in 1691. Since then – and to this day – there have always been direct male Clarkson descendants of Jonas living in Silsden, including Stuart and his 8-year old son! Many Cobbydalers may remember Charlie Clarkson who died in 2013… well, Stuart is Charlie’s grandson!