150 years of The Orcadian

The Orcadian celebrated its 150th anniversary by publishing a 20-page supplement charting the title’s history and by reprinting the first edition in full, writes Dominic Ponsford.

The Orkney-based weekly was founded by James Urquhart Anderson and remains family-run. The current editor and proprietor is James Miller, Anderson’s great, great, great-grandson.

The paper has also been given a fresh look to mark its century and a half, with new mastheads for the front and back pages.

News editor Stuart Laundy said: “It has been a busy few weeks for us in the run-up to the start of our 150th anniversary.

“We have already made some changes, such as bringing in new columnists to complement those who have contributed to the success of the paper for some time, and introducing other features, including the immensely popular locally set crossword.

“We have others in the pipeline, and producing a special edition to mark the start of our anniversary seemed like the natural way to kick things off.

Everyone pulled together in the run-up to Christmas to produce the supplement, which was included in our 1 January issue.”

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