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Regional daily moves to new office stone’s throw from old base

A regional daily has left its home of 26 years for a new office a stone’s throw away.

The Lancashire Evening Post vacated its Oliver’s Place base, in Fulwood, on the outskirts of Preston, over the weekend.

From today, staff will be based over the road at Stuart House, on Caxton Road, in a building which has been adapted for the LEP over the past few months.

In a column, deputy editor Nicola Adam reminisced about her time at Oliver’s Place, pictured below, where she began her journalism career on the now-defunct Preston Reporter in 1998.

LEP office

She wrote: “From where I type I can still see fellow trainee Aasma Day – with the realisation we have known each other half of our lives and survived careers in parallel.

“This place has so many memories for me, from terrible to fantastic. In this room I watched the twin towers collapse. I have greeted three Prime Ministers and several members of the royal family.

“I have celebrated exclusive stories, practised my swearing, cried in the toilets and wondered, along with every other woman, who exactly is responsible for the line of bogeys on the toilet wall.”

Nicola also claims to have witnessed spectral goings-on within its walls.

She added: “I once saw a ghost in here (no really, it was caught on CCTV) and have thrown hundreds of unappetising machine coffees on my keyboard (not all on purpose…).

“As news editor, I was summoned back here dozens of times at around 3am to address publishing problems, once memorably in my pyjamas and Ugg boots, not expecting dozens of white-suited printers jeering at me from the smoking shelter.

“But times change and it’s time for our LEP-exit to LEP New Towers. Let’s hope it goes smoother than Brexit.”