A regional daily will today have a train named after it to celebrate its 125th birthday.
The Sheffield Star celebrated the milestone anniversary this month and East Midlands Trains has announced it will name one of its intercity 125 high-speed locomotives after the paper.
The train will be given its new title of ‘The Sheffield Star’ at a ceremony at the city’s railway station today and the newspaper is also planning further events to mark its birthday.
It is the second train to be named after the regional daily, with locomotive number 43055 carrying the name from 1993 until it was repainted 10 years later.
Star editor Jeremy Clifford said: “Over the past 125 years, The Star has been at all the major events, reporting on tragedy, triumph and significant moments in our history.
“As technology has changed, so has the way we have brought our readers the news. And we will continue to adapt and change to ensure we remain at the forefront of people’s minds.
“We not only print the news in The Star, we also have a huge audience on our website and last year we launched a mobile phone site.
“This year we have introduced a sports app to help us to bring people up-to-date information when they want it, where they want it, and in the format they want it – which will ensure we are here hopefully for another 125 years.”
David Horne, EMT managing director, said: “The team at The Star have been crucial in helping us to keep the people of Sheffield – one of the key cities on our network – informed of the changes we have made to Sheffield’s transport network.
“We are delighted to be naming one of our inter-city 125 high-speed trains to help celebrate 125 years of The Star.”
However the newspaper is not the first ‘Star’ to be so honoured on its 125th birthday.
Two years ago, the Archant owned Ipswich Star also had a 125 high speed train named after it to mark its same 125th anniversary.