Have you seen the new look Derbyshire Times?
It was 1854, when Florence Nightingale was sent to the Crimea, Manchester was granted city status and a baby named Oscar Wilde was born.
In the same year, the Derbyshire Times broadsheet was published for the first time on January 7, at a cost of fourpence halfpenny to the reader.
In the style of the times, that first edition’s front page was devoted entirely to adverts, and it wasn’t until 1940 that news first graced the lead pages.
But the familiar, tabloid-style Derbyshire Times that is recognisable on newstands today didn’t come into being until March 1986, leaving the broadsheet behind with a complete relaunch of the paper.
Sports editor, Andrew Jarvis, was working on the title during the transition. He said: “It was a very exciting time for the paper, as we worked around the clock preparing to go to a tabloid. The readers were also really excited by the relaunch. It was a new face for an old friend.”
And 26 years later, the full Derbyshire Times – one of the biggest selling weekly newspapers in the country – is undergoing another complete transformation, with more content, an improved design by internationally reknowned consultants, and a revamped website.
Editor, James Mitchinson, said: “We love the new look Derbyshire Times and we hope you, our valued readers, will agree it is packed with more content, and is great value for money.”
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