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Weekly pays homage to first edition with masthead revival

A weekly newspaper paid homage to its original masthead as it celebrated 130 years in business.

The Powys County Times published a 16-page supplement celebrating its 130th anniversary.

The supplement featured a masthead inspired by its first edition from July 1893, when it was known as the Montgomeryshire County Times.

The pullout by the Newsquest-owned title, which has won the Wales Media Award for Weekly Newspaper of the Year two years running, featured classic front pages sourced by sport and community content editor Gavin Grosvenor.

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Other pages dug up from the archives, held in Newtown Library, recalled the Queen’s Coronation in 1953, a local man’s experience of the World Trade Centre collapse in 2001, and the arrival of Covid-19 in Powys in early 2020.

Editor Thom Kennedy said: “It would be impossible to cram every single moment of significance of the last 130 years of Powys news into a single supplement, but it was fascinating to reflect on some of the incidents that have helped shape mid-Wales over that time.

“We also spoke to some previous staff, including former editors and photographers, who have shared some amazing memories of the paper’s history.

“We are working in a very different way now to some of those moments in the past, but we retain the core values that made – and continue to make – this title such a success.

“The last 130 years of the County Times have documented some of Powys’ most significant moments, from the Newtown floods in the 1960s to the foot and mouth crisis of 2001. We are so proud to be here to mark this milestone and continue to serve the people of Powys.”

He added: “In an age in which news is increasingly moving into the online realm, we as a team are exceptionally proud that we have made huge strides into the digital realm while also staying true to the core principles of this paper’s past.

“I’m grateful to Gavin Grosvenor for his work on this supplement, and to Kate McAffrey from Newtown Library for her help in delving through the archives.

“And I’m also grateful to our readers and advertisers who continue to support the County Times both in print and online.”