Tributes paid to Andrew Clark, 80

Three generations of the Clark family who own Middleton’s hotel, Andrew Clark, his grand daughter Jolanda Hind, her mother Henny Clark and her mother Kathe

Three generations of the Clark family who own Middleton’s hotel, Andrew Clark, his grand daughter Jolanda Hind, her mother Henny Clark and her mother Kathe

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A KEEN historian who founded a successful York city centre family hotel and started St Nicholas’ Fayre has died aged 80.

Andrew Clark started Middleton Hotel more than 40 years ago with his wife Kathe in a nearly derelict building and developed it until, now under the management of his daughter Henny, it is a 56-bed establishment with restaurant in six listed buildings on Skeldergate. Initially called Lady Anne MiddletonHotel it recently changed its name.

As The Press reported earlier this year, a hub for creative industry is being created as part of a £500,000 refurbishment project at the hotel which has been rebranded to become Middleton’s Hotel.

The investment has seen work completed on a number of areas at the hotel, including bedroom refurbishment, new outdoor space, and a new kitchen and dining area.

Mr Clark was a constant presence in the family hotel until he became too ill and was well-known to the staff, many of whom have worked there for more than 15 years.

The couple were married for nearly 54 years and Kathe Clark’s German roots were the reason he started St Nicholas’ Fayre in 1996. They saw how successful German markets were in her native country and decided to start one in York. The annual fayre at the end of November is now one of the most popular in the UK and this year has been expanded from four days to four weeks, starting on November 27.

Their daughters Henny and Susi are both directors of the hotel and they have two grandchildren, including Jolanda Hind, who also works at the hotel.

As a child, Mr Clark attended Drax School. He had a keen interest in history, particularly the history of Bishophill and Skeldergate and was a member of both York Conservation Trust and York Archaeological Trust.

Louise Robinson, sales and marketing manager for the hotel, said: “He will mostly be missed for his care of other people who weren’t as fortunate or who had messed up and for giving people chances to make their lives better. “ Mr Clark died at home in Fulford on July 28. His funeral service will take place at St Oswald's Church, Fulford, tomorrow at 11am, followed by a private burial.

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12:52pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Well done Sir please pass on my commiserations to the family and their sad loss.
Well done Sir please pass on my commiserations to the family and their sad loss. Dave Ruddock
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5:49pm Wed 6 Aug 14

PR Willey says...

I met Mr Clark a few times, very nice man.
I am sure, he being a historian, will allow me to correct this article, Mr Clark approached the (then) York City Council Market Manager and informed him about these German Markets that he had seen and asked if York could do something similar.
Paul Barratt the then Market Manager set about making Mr Clarks dream into a reality.
The first St Nicks Fayre was actually held in 1992, not 1996 as stated.
The original St Nicks Fayre committee comprised of Mr Clark and Mr Barratt and the original dates for the first Fayres were early December to coincide with the St Nicholas day (I believe 6th Dec) and of course, not to clash with Lincoln Market.
The rest is, as they say, history!
I met Mr Clark a few times, very nice man. I am sure, he being a historian, will allow me to correct this article, Mr Clark approached the (then) York City Council Market Manager and informed him about these German Markets that he had seen and asked if York could do something similar. Paul Barratt the then Market Manager set about making Mr Clarks dream into a reality. The first St Nicks Fayre was actually held in 1992, not 1996 as stated. The original St Nicks Fayre committee comprised of Mr Clark and Mr Barratt and the original dates for the first Fayres were early December to coincide with the St Nicholas day (I believe 6th Dec) and of course, not to clash with Lincoln Market. The rest is, as they say, history! PR Willey
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3:45pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Oli1960 says...

Mr Clark was special
After making some very bad choices
In my life Mr Clark played a big part in putting my life back in order.
He gave me employment back in 2002 which planted the seed
He will aways have a place in my heart , a lovely man R I P
Mr Clark
Oliver
Mr Clark was special After making some very bad choices In my life Mr Clark played a big part in putting my life back in order. He gave me employment back in 2002 which planted the seed He will aways have a place in my heart , a lovely man R I P Mr Clark Oliver Oli1960
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