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Watch: Journalist’s new documentary charts life at a regional daily

A new documentary charting the work and history of a regional daily has been produced by a journalist who works there.

Flicky Harrison, who has worked at the Swindon advertiser for more than 30 years, has produced three videos about the newspaper to mark the title’s departure from its former Victoria Road headquarters.

Film-maker Flicky’s trilogy of videos feature interviews with past and current staff about their work and time at the Advertiser.

The first, entitled Press Call, focuses on the Advertiser’s editorial operation, and the second, The Printers’ Roar, looks at the newspaper’s past and current printing operation, while the third focuses on advertising and marketing. All three can be viewed below.

Flicky told the Advertiser: “It is not all Drop The Dead Donkey, but life at the paper is never dull and I felt it would be a shame to let Adver Towers, as we nicknamed the old building, disappear into obscurity without some sort of record.

“The more I filmed and talked to staff past and present, the more I could see that, lovely though the old building was in its prime, it was the people that made the heart of the paper.

“No matter how much technology changes or where we are based, the Adver remains at the heart of this town. It is the people’s paper and all of us who work here are merely custodians.”

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