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Daily celebrates 80th birthday with 24-page supplement

A regional daily has celebrated its 80th birthday with a commemorative 24-page supplement.

The Worcester News marked the occasion last week with a look back at its history, notable stories it covered and how the paper was produced in bygone days.

Two long serving members of staff, feature writer Mike Pryce and retired reporter Mike Grundy – who still writes the paper’s weekly nostalgia column – wrote most of the content, falling back on their decades of experience in the newsroom.

Stories contained in the souvenir, front cover pictured below, include everything from being poked in the eye by the Queen’s umbrella to a first hand account of the Brighton bomb blast.

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It also features a look back at how the paper used to be produced on typewriters and linotype machines, how it has changed offices within the city and how it has covered local and national events down the years.

There is also a feature from a former News reporter David Wood who went on to own a furniture store in the city and has been a loyal advertiser ever since.

Current editor Peter John says the supplement itself has been well supported by local advertisers.

Peter wrote about the change taking place in the industry now, with the growth of audience on websites and social media platforms.

He added: “The appetite for local news remains insatiable and the paper has a long life to look forward to because it remains at the heart of its community.”