Royal visit is icing on birthday cake for Tenby paper

The Prince of Wales visited the Tenby Observer to celebrate its 150th anniversary as part of an official tour of the Pembrokeshire town.

He was taken round the offices of the newspaper and watched senior reporter Ceris Hewlings downloading a photograph of his arrival for transfer to the production department. He also met reporter Paul Evans, children’s page writer Barbara Stredder and special publications co-ordinator Carolyn Cox, who presented him with a copy of the Observer’s special anniversary issue.

He then went to the typesetting and production departments where he saw the photograph being placed onto the front page.

He was shown an exhibition on the history of the paper, and heard how a legal battle by its then owner, Frank Mason, resulted in the Admission of the Press Act in 1908.

The prince unveiled a plaque to commemorate his visit and another detailing the history of the newspaper’s fight for press freedom.

At the ceremony he said it was “a remarkable achievement” and pointed out that there were few newspapers remaining which were still in family ownership and with circulation rising.

Sir Ray Tindle described the event as “the greatest day in the history of the Tenby Observer”.

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