The Shields Gazette
Our evening newspaper is 160 years old!
In South Shields and South Tyneside we are celebrating the 160th anniversay of The Shields Gazette, this is yesterday’s edition, it is the oldest provincial evening newspaper in the UK and it was first published in 1849.
It was originally established as a weekly paper – the North and South Shields Gazette – becoming a daily evening paper on the repeal of Stamp Duty in 1855. Later it became the Shields Gazette and Shipping Telegraph.
It is now part of North East Press, a division of Johnston Press, and the paper has been printed on the presses of the Sunderland Echo in Pennywell, Sunderland, since 1992
The paper actually covers the whole of South Tyneside. Even so, it is unusual for an area of this size to have its own evening paper. It is well supported by local people, with a circulation of 18,152.
You can read a little more about our paper and see a short video in this post in my main blog.
As part of the celebrations a special display has been set up in South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 50 mm lens, 1/20 second, f5.6, iso 800