History paper's current success

By Hamish Mackay

A publication about the history of the Western Isles and Skye is proving a major success for a Johnston Press outpost. Back in the Day, a 36-page bi-monthly tabloid produced by the Stornoway Gazette stable, is now selling more than 7,000 copies through newsagents and subscriptions.

By taking modern events, plus themes, interviews, pictures and flashbacks, the two staffers are producing a publication which is not a history society newsletter, a supplement, nor entirely historical, as it also covers current events which will have a historical impact.

Managing director Angus Morrison hired Aberdeen University graduate Norma Macritchie, 27, to edit the newspaper, which launched last July.

Macritchie said: "We have been amazed by the positive feedback that we have received from all over the world. We love meeting all sorts of interesting people with stories that need to be retold."

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