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Weekly plans year of events for 180th anniversary

A weekly newspaper is planning a year-long programme of events and articles as it celebrates its 180th anniversary.

The Caernarfon Herald is marking the milestone throughout this year with a number of supplements in the paper looking back at the history of the title.

A fundraising concert will be held in the town in April as part of the celebrations, with proceeds going to Macmillan and also to a local charity.

The title was first published on 1 January 1831 as the Carnarvon Herald and North Wales Advertiser, with its circulation area as the majority of North Wales.

Journalists at the paper will contact former members of staff to hear their stories about what it was like to work there in previous years and will also get local schoolchildren involved with writing articles to be published on a special page.

Editor Linda Roberts told readers about the anniversary in an article in which she said the title was one of the oldest local newspapers in the area and it planned to ‘mark the occasion in style’.

She said: “I took over the reins of the paper officially in February 2009, and to my knowledge am the first woman editor of the newspaper. I had, however, worked for the paper for 12 years before my appointment and knew the area and its people well.

“One of my aims was to make the paper a champion for local causes and people. I am well aware that lots of people will be facing hardship over the next few years but despite the gloom and doom, we know about and report on those who are doing good in their communities and helping others.

“We also aim to start visiting local schools and helping them come up articles so they can have a page in the paper for themselves – our youngest readers are just as important as our oldest ones.

“Keep looking out in the paper for further updates, we will let you know about other events we have planned, but my staff and I are all looking forward immensely to celebrating our 180th birthday this year.”