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Snow-hit regional daily back in business

A regional daily which missed a day’s publication due to heavy snow at its printing press is back on sale today.

The Halifax Courier was unable to distribute its edition yesterday due to a massive snowfall at Johnston Press’ printing plant at Dinnington, near Sheffield – which was possibly the first time in its history it was not published.

Yesterday’s paper was produced and printed as normal on Tuesday night but snow prevented vans at the site from being able to get out to deliver it.

But today’s edition has successfully managed to hit the streets and Wednesday’s paper will be available alongside it for free.

Courier editor Tim Robinson said: “This was an exceptional event and we are grateful for our readers and advertisers for their patience and loyalty to the paper during this incredibly frustrating time.

“We have done everything possible to ensure the Courier is back as normal today, bringing up-to-date local news and information about the big chill and its effects on the region.”

He told HTFP the Courier was the only title to be as severely affected by the problems at the Johnston Press plant, which prints many newspapers from across the region.

Printers at the site worked round the clock to try to get the Courier out of the plant, with some staying there for up to 36 hours, cut off by deep snow drifts which hit South Yorkshire.

It was the first time the paper missed a day’s publication in living memory and possibly the only time in its history, which has seen it published daily since 1892.

Despite the non-appearance of the print version, the paper’s website was regularly updated and a digital version of Wednesday’s edition is also available online.


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  • December 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Not a surprise. Remember the old days when we ran ‘evening’ papers in their towns of origin at a time when we could get up to date news in them? You would struggle to tell the difference between the ‘new’ paper and the day-old one, such is the timescale these things are produced now.

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  • December 2, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    So lets get this straight Wednesdays evening paper was printed on Tuesday night…thats it keeping up the tradition of reporting breaking news. May as well change the date and print war declared against Germany !

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