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Regional daily to create beer to mark 125th anniversary

A regional daily will celebrate its 125th anniversary by creating a special beer.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with Leeds Brewery to mark the anniversary and will give five readers the chance to get involved in developing the YEP125 beer.

The title has launched a month-long countdown to its anniversary on 1 September when its first edition was published.

Before then, it will be publishing a series of features telling the story of the paper over the last 125 years and looking to its future.


The YEP has launched a competition to choose the five readers who will help brew the beer, asking people to explain in no more than 100 words what the paper means to them.

It will also have a free pint offer to allow readers of the Johnston Press title to taste the new beer.

Editor Jeremy Clifford told readers: “The Yorkshire Evening Post has enjoyed a special place in the community for 125 years and has been part of the changing landscape of the Leeds region during that time.

“We believe we reflect life in Leeds, campaign for change and action on behalf of the people of Leeds and we look to continue in that role.

“Marking 125 years as a business and newspaper in the region is a real privilege and we thank people who have supported us over the years.”

Features about the paper will include the story of its humble beginnings on Albion Street, through its four decades at its now-demolished base on Wellington Street and then onto its new home on Whitehall Road.

There will be in-depth reviews of big stories covered by the daily, including the Graf Zeppelin’s flight over Leeds in 1931, the Yorkshire Ripper’s reign of terror, the miners’ strike and the many ups and downs of Leeds United.

The title will also look back at its campaigns, investigations and appeals and salute the famous faces who have worked there, including novelist Barbara Taylor Bradford and playwright, novelist and columnist Keith Waterhouse.

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  • August 10, 2015 at 10:43 am

    The YEP editor and senior staff must be thrilled that they have this milestone as a vehicle to fill some pages. Perhaps, as they look back, they’ll be able to see what a great newspaper it used to be, and what made it so. Don’t think they’ll come across: ‘NEW: Vote for your favourite cafe’, (this is front page news in today’s edition) Hair Salon of the Year’, ‘Best Fish & Chip Shop’, ‘Send us your photos of Leeds’, ‘Where do you get the best Chinese in Leeds’ etc. Why anyone still buys the paper to read such tosh is beyond me.

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