Celebrations as Adver reaches 160th birthday

Staff join group editor Gary Lawrence, far right, and regional managing director Shamus Donald, second from right, to celebrate the Adver’s 160th birthday yesterday

Staff join group editor Gary Lawrence, far right, and regional managing director Shamus Donald, second from right, to celebrate the Adver’s 160th birthday yesterday

First published in News

GLASSES were raised in the Adver offices yesterday as the newspaper celebrated its 160th year.

It was Monday, February 6, 1854, that 28-year-old William Morris produced the first edition of what was then called The Swindon Advertiser and Monthly Record.

And yesterday, to mark the special birthday, regional managing director Shamus Donald visited the offices in Victoria Road, where the paper has been produced since 1855, for a celebration with staff.

He said: “There are three things that the Swindon Advertiser does – we provide the single greatest record of Swindon – our past is Swindon’s history and our future is Swindon’s history.

“Secondly, we facilitate trade within Swindon, we make things happen, we help businesses, we make it a vibrant community. And thirdly, we inform and entertain our readers.”

Group editor Gary Lawrence said: “I don’t know what William Morris would think of the way we do things now, what with the internet and live blogging. It is completely different to what he set up, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the wonderful staff.

“We have been here longer than Swindon Town Football Club, Swindon Council and the BBC, we are Swindon.”

He also urged readers and staff to throw their full support behind the Adver’s 160 Appeal to raise £160,000 for Prospect Hospice.

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8:19am Fri 7 Feb 14

Davethered says...

I worked for the adver back in the 80's for around four years , what a great place to work , congratulations.
I never missed reading a copy of the paper for around 20 years till you put the price up to 65p , then I stopped buying the paper , what a shame greed has always got to ruin peoples enjoyment. Drop the price back to 40p and I'll start buying the paper again. It's just not the same reading off a computer.
I worked for the adver back in the 80's for around four years , what a great place to work , congratulations. I never missed reading a copy of the paper for around 20 years till you put the price up to 65p , then I stopped buying the paper , what a shame greed has always got to ruin peoples enjoyment. Drop the price back to 40p and I'll start buying the paper again. It's just not the same reading off a computer. Davethered
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