The last print edition of a 139-year-old weekly newspaper has rolled off the presses as the title prepare to go online-only.
The final South Yorkshire Times, which covers the Mexborough and Dearne Valley area between Rotherham and Doncaster, hit newsstands yesterday.
As previously reported on HTFP, the Johnston Press-owned paper, first published in 1877, says it “no longer makes sense” to publish a weekly print edition in an “internet and social media age”.
The paper signed off with a hard-hitting front page on the latest plans for the HS2 high speed rail route, which is likely to result in the demolition of a newly-built housing estate on its Mexborough patch.
In a nostalgia piece for the last issue, reporter Darren Burke recalled the newspaper’s history, which included a peak circulation in excess of 50,000.
Sports writer Liam Hoden also penned his own farewell to the printed Times, where he began his career more than nine years ago.
Liam told readers he “could hardly have wished for a better grounding” in journalism.
He wrote: “The Dearne Valley and its surroundings were the perfect place to learn the ins and outs of the job, on both news and sport.
“Whether for the front end of the paper or the back, there is always plenty going on for a journalist to get their teeth into. That is certainly the case in terms of sport.
“In my short time on the paper, I have had the privilege of writing about two Olympians, three professional football teams and a seemingly never-ending conveyor belt of successful professional boxers to dominate the heavyweight division.”