Birthday edition for Yorkshire Post

The Yorkshire Post has marked its 250th anniversary by producing a 20-page commemortaive supplement. A Post journalist is also writing a history of the paper, which will be published in September.

Starting out as a weekly newspaper in 1754 as the Leedes Intelligencer, it became the daily Yorkshire Post in 1866 and has had 19 editors.

When founded by printer Griffith Wright the paper comprised mainly foreign news and was read out in the coffee shops of the time.

Current editor Rachael Campey said: “The paper’s strength is that it combines international, national and a strong element of regional stories, more so than others, and we are working to make it the only paper our readers will need to buy.”

The book, Reporting Yorkshire: 250 Years of the Yorkshire Post, is being written by associate features editor Michael Hickling, who has worked at the paper for 20 years.

It incorporates historic extracts, features and pictures that have appeared in the paper. It includes the 1984 York Minster fire and the paper’s “Donnygate” investigation, which exposed corruption at Doncaster Council.

The 20-page supplement begins with a message from Prince Charles. It then looks back at the history of the paper and contains memories from readers and past and present staff.

By Sarah Lagan

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