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Regional monthly magazine celebrates golden anniversary

A county lifestyle magazine has celebrated its golden anniversary with a special birthday lunch.

Archant’s Sussex Life marked 50 years in print with the bash at Brighton’s Grand Hotel – attended by the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of East Sussex, the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, as well as readers and advertisers.

The lunch was held on 16 June, which is designated as Sussex Day in the county.

Tim Thurston, Archant’s commercial director of lifestyle, county and France magazines, welcomed guests and thanked production co-ordinator Kerry Greenfield for her 20 years’ of service, before editor Jenny Mark-Bell described how the magazine had evolved over the years.

 Tim Thurston and Jenny Mark-Bell (pictured centre) with the team at the Sussex Life 50th celebration party

Tim Thurston and Jenny Mark-Bell (pictured centre) with the team at the Sussex Life 50th celebration party

Said Jenny: “I have spent months closeted in the basement with archive copies of the magazine, and I have been so impressed and touched by the wealth of talent and endeavour recorded in those thousands of pages.

“These are extraordinary people whose accomplishments are there in black and white 50, 40, 30 years later.

“It is a pleasure and a privilege to celebrate these events and milestones with our readers, to pull together some of the threads that make up the rich tapestry of life in Sussex.”

Tim added: “The guest list at the Sussex Life 50th party demonstrated the profile and gravitas of the publication.

“Sussex Life has a talented and committed team that produce a beautiful magazine each month.

“In its first 50 years Sussex Life has had much to celebrate in this lovely county and we look forward to the next 50 years.”

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  • June 29, 2015 at 9:06 am

    We all know it’s tough out there in regional media land, but Archant’s regional mags business strikes me as one of the better operations. They still know how to operate with a touch of dignity, style and class. Take note other big groups!

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