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Splashes fit for a Queen mark Platinum Jubilee

The dailies have had their turn – now the UK’s weekly titles have been unveiling their special editions to mark last weekend’s Platinum Jubilee.

And Wokingham Today created a splash with a mosaic of images to make up a silouhette of the Queen.

The image was displayed on a purple background which represents the colours of the Platinum Jubilee.

The mosaic was made up of images of the various events that took place across the newspaper’s patch to mark 70 years of the Queen’s reign.

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Editor Phil Creighton said: “The Platinum Jubilee celebrations deserved a front page fit for the Queen. We know that readers will treasure these editions for years to come, as the contents help record how they celebrated 70 years of the monarch’s reign.

“This is a moment that needed something striking and memorable. With so many events taking place singling one out seemed unfair, so a montage was the way to go.

“A former editor of the Radio Times used to describe the cover of their festive edition as a Christmas card to the nation. 

“In essence, we’ve produced something similar for our readers, only it’s June and it’s for the Jubilee. 

“A team member suggested a silhouette of the Queen with pictures inside it. A simple idea, but one that works really well. 

“ Across the industry, we have all worked hard over the four days of the Platinum Jubilee. It’s been a privilege to report on what happened across Reading and Wokingham.”


Elsewhere the Driffield & Wolds Weekly in Yorkshire produced a 40-page pullout of events on its patch.

It included around 400 photographs and around 2,000 faces – part of a bumper 88-page paper alongisde the usual news and sport pages.
Owner and publisher Andy Stabler said: “I doubt there will many newspapers able to produce anything as comprehensive as our pullout this week.
“Photographer Mike Hopps clocked up hundreds of miles attending dozens of events in our area over four days and we have managed to cover more than 20 villages as well as the main events and street parties in Driffield itself.
“He captured drone photos of some events and in other tiny villages, the entire community turned out for a special village photo with all the residents on. For the few events he couldn’t get to, readers sent in their own photos for us to include.
“The town has something to keep hold of as a special memento of a brilliant weekend, and we are really proud of what we have been able to achieve in such a short space of time.  It is proper old-fashioned local newspaper work.”