A copy of a regional daily signed by a pop star has fetched hundreds of pounds at auction for charity.
The copy of the East Anglian Times which features Ed Sheeran’s autograph has sold for £360 in aid of two good causes in Ipswich.
HTFP reported last August how the EADT had changed its name to the Ed Sheeran Daily Times for one day only to celebrate a series of homecoming concerts the singer held in Ipswich.
The signed copy of the special edition was sold in the auction, along with a news bill put outside newsagents in Suffolk on the same day, also signed by Mr Sheeran, which fetched £400.
EADT editor Brad Jones said: “The special edition last year was a bit of fun to mark Ed’s homecoming shows, and at the time we sold copies to his fans all over the world.
“It was great of him to sign a copy for this auction, and we’re delighted it’s helped raise such a lot of money for two brilliant local causes.”
Mr Sheeran’s parents John and Imogen teamed up with Suffolk’s GeeWizz charity for the ‘Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk’ fundraiser, with the EADT and Archant sister daily the Ipswich Star supporting as media partners.
Overall, the auction raised more than £400,000.
All funds will go to the redevelopment of a playground at Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy, in Ipswich, for children with special educational needs and disabilities, and Zest, part of St Elizabeth Hospice, which helps teenagers and young adults with progressive and life limiting illnesses.