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Star digs deep to pay tribute to gardening legend

The Shropshire Star is commissioning a life-sized bronze sculpture of gardening legend Percy Thrower in memory of the county’s adopted son. The newspaper is funding the project from its own pocket to commemorate the 60th anniversary of his arrival in

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A school nativity scene with Mary, Joseph and the “baby Jesus” (a doll) became a one-parent family – temporarily – when a photographer from the North West Evening Mail turned up.Joseph was photographed alone with the “baby” after Mary’s parents

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Former National Union of Journalists headquarters Acorn House could be sold off as the union buys new offices in Glasgow and Dublin to replace rented accommodation there.The current tenants of Acorn House, who pay £200,000 a year for the King’s

Star's Atlantic dinghy attempt recalled

Reports on the Shropshire Star’s 40th anniversary prompted one reader to get in touch with his memories of the paper’s sponsorship of an attempt to cross the Atlantic by rubber dinghy in the 1960s. Former council worker Ken Harris was

Award first for talented trainee

Lichfield and Burntwood Chronicle reporter Stuart Pollitt has scooped a prestigious award after impressing judges with his journalistic talents. Stuart, (23), was named the winner of the Malcolm Graham Award in recognition of his hard work and dedication during the

Big 40 for the Shropshire Star

The Shropshire Star is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To help mark the occasion the world-renowned Red Arrows aerobatics display team performed a spectacular fly-over past one of the county’s most famous landmarks, The Wrekin Hill. In their trademark diamond formation,

Tributes paid to journalist of 'the old school'

Friends and colleagues at the Evening Leader in Wrexham have paid tribute to chief football writer David Lovett, who has died aged 60. The sports journalist (pictured) had covered Wrexham Football Club for more than 35 years, firstly at the

Shropshire sister titles celebrate 150 years

Shropshire-based sister titles the Newport Advertiser and Bridgnorth Journal have been celebrating their 150th anniversaries. It is by coincidence that the papers are both the same age, as they were started independently and were acquired by Shropshire Newspapers – which

Reporter Nathan mocks 'art' with £16.50 sculpture

Shropshire Star features writer Nathan Rous opened up the debate about what constitutes ‘art’ when he imitated a £1,500 sculpture for a mere £16.50. Armed with a £20 note, Nathan created his work ‘Baleful’ by binding together six bales of

Newspaper website's new look is complete

A new-look Shropshire Star website has been launched after more than half a year of development. Shropshirestar.com has been revamped to include more content and to allow users to navigate the site more easily. The site’s homepage now contains links

Footy webcam is an extra for Star website

The Shropshire Star has relaunched its online picture sales service with the chance for readers to buy not just prints of their favourite pictures… but wall posters, mugs,t-shirts, coasters and mouse mats too. There is already a substantial archive of

Respected journalist dies after long illness

Respected motoring writer Tom Leake has died, aged 75. He had been ill for more than a year and died in hospital after suffering liver failure. The journalist was part of the Leake family, which used to own the Wellington

New owner for island titles

The Jersey Evening Post and Guernsey Press and Star have a new owner, after a bid by newspaper publisher the Claverley Company was declared unconditional. The family-owned Claverley Company, which publishes the Shropshire Star and the Express & Star in

£50m Guiton Group takeover bid is launched

The owner of the Shropshire Star and the Express & Star in Wolverhampton has launched a £50m takeover bid for the Guiton Group, the parent company of the Jersey Evening Post and Guernsey Press and Star. The bid by the

Web news is broadcast direct to mobiles

The Shropshire Star has launched a new “mobile” website for PDAs and Smartphones – with a slimmed down version of the award-winning main Internet site. The most popular areas are being reconfigured, and include the news and sport, what’s on,

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A team of photographers from the armed forces swapped the battlefield for the newsroom when they joined the Shropshire Star on a three-day placement.The snappers, from the Defence School of Photography at RAF Cosford, visited the paper’s head office in