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Glossy supplement marks weekly’s 90th anniversary

A weekly newspaper is celebrating its 90th birthday today with a 32-page glossy supplement.

The Doncaster Free Press was first published on 18 June 1925 when it was launched by a printer called Dickie Crowther for the price of 1/2d.

To mark the anniversary, the title has published a glossy A5 Bygone Doncaster guide, pictured below, inside its anniversary edition today, which will look at 90 years of news in Doncaster.

The newspaper, which was initially known as the Doncaster Free Press and Courier of Coming Events, has also published a spread inside the paper about its history and shown readers what its first edition looked like.

Bygone Doncaster

David Kessen, content editor for multimedia, said: “We at the Doncaster Free Press are delighted to be marking our 90th birthday as a newspaper and hope our readers enjoy a look back over the years with our special publication, which is sure to bring back memories.

“Things have changed massively since 1925, but our dedication to the best in journalism remains as strong as ever, and new technology means we can now bring Doncaster news to our readers even quicker as we use our websites to break stories as they happen.”

A story published in last week’s edition said: “We’re celebrating our birthday – and we want you to join the party!

“Next week marks the 90th anniversary of the Doncaster Free Press – and we’re taking a trip down memory lane to celebrate the major events of the last nine decades.

“The very first edition of the town’s number one newspaper was published on June 18, 1925 and next week we will be marking that milestone with a special Bygone Doncaster supplement looking back at some of the major events that have helped shape our town in the last ninety years.

“We’ll also be looking back on the history of the Doncaster Free Press too – and showing you what our very first edition looked like.”

The Johnston Press title was based at offices in Sunny Bar since it was founded until January last year when it moved to a new home on Printing Office Street in Doncaster – after producing more than 4,500 editions from its old home.

Since then, work has begun to transform its former base into flats, shops and a gym.

The first edition of the Doncaster Free Press.

The first edition of the Doncaster Free Press.