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South London weekly celebrates 2,500th edition

A free weekly is celebrating a milestone anniversary after publishing its 2,500th edition.

The first edition of the News Shopper was published in 1965 and the title is thought to be the oldest free newspaper in London.

To mark the milestone, historian Bob Ogley, who is a columnist for the title, has written a piece about the historical events taking place in the year the paper was born.

The paper has also published an image, pictured below, showing how the design of the title has changed over the years.

Editor Andrew Parkes wrote: “This is a momentous day in News Shopper’s history as we publish our 2,500th edition.

“As London’s oldest free newspaper we printed our first edition and delivered it through your letterbox way back in 1965. Some of you may be able to remember that day, but others will not have been born.

“To help celebrate this remarkable milestone we are recalling the middle year of the swinging sixties.

“So whether you were born or not, sit back and enjoy a stroll down memory lane to the day News Shopper was born.”

Bob’s piece highlights how the year began with a knighthood for footballer Stanley Matthews and the deaths of Sir Winston Churchill and Stan Laurel.

The Greater London Council also came into being that year, which caused controversy among News Shopper readers.

The Newsquest title publishes a series of editions covering south-east London and North Kent, including Bromley, Dartford and Greenwich.

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  • February 21, 2013 at 9:52 am

    ‘Way back’ in 1965 …..hmm someone’s got a funny old perspective on history but congrats anyway. On my first paper we did a special edition celebrating its 175th anniversay … now that is ‘way back’

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