A weekly newspaper series is hoping to retrieve lost copies spanning three decades after issuing an appeal to readers.
The Yellow Advertiser is aiming to get hold of issues from between 1976 and 1999, which were lost some years ago in an “over enthusiastic tidy-up” at its offices.
Readers who have copies from that era are being asked to take a photo of the front page and email it to editor Mick Ferris.
The Basildon-based series runs editions across Essex and East London.
A message to readers states: “Some years ago the Yellow Advertiser’s older archives were decimated in an over enthusiastic tidy-up at our offices, which meant that copies dated from before 1999 were lost forever.
“Copies exist in the British Library in London, but we’re asking readers if they hold any copies of the YA dated from 1976-99.
“If so, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a photo of each of the front pages on your phone and send them as a high res jpeg attachment to editor Mick Ferris.”
Anyone able to help can email Mick at firstname.lastname@example.org, or can bring old copies in for photographing to the Advertiser’s office at Acorn House, Great Oaks, Basildon, on a Thursday or Friday.