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Still going strong at 75

A Yorkshire weekly paper is celebrating its 75th anniversary with a bit of summer fun.

The publication began life when a local printer moved his business to the town’s Sunny Bar in 1924 and decided to produce a weekly entertainment guide.

It developed into a newspaper, and the first edition hit the streets on June 18 the following year.

The Doncaster Free Press has stayed in the same street during all the intervening years and now takes up the full length of the road.

There has already been a special Birthday weekend in the town centre, where the Free Press mascot, Scoop – and his pals – were giving out sweets, treats and balloons to youngsters.

The weekend was also full of competitions, prize draws and special offers.

And next weekend there will be a balloon race with the release of 7,500 balloons in the Free Press colours at the Doncaster Show.

Each balloon will be tagged and owned by a reader and the one that reaches the furthest point will win £250 for both the sender and the finder.

The Free Press Summer Fun continues until the end of August with a series of events around the town.

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