LOYAL readers were taken on a journey through The Star’s 125-year history as part of Sheffield’s Off the Shelf festival.
A sell-out crowd gathered for a talk which delved into the newspaper’s archives, examining the tragic tales, shocking events and disasters which have hit the headlines during its long history.
The Star’s Retro editor Nancy Fielder took the audience on a voyage through time, looking at how The Star reported events such as the Titanic sinking, to Edward VIII’s abdication, to the Blitz. A slideshow of images and cuttings showed just how important a role in recording local history the paper has played over more than a century.
Carmel Rogers, a member of Sheffield U3A History Club, said: “I moved to Sheffield in 2007 but I lived in Matlock for a while in the 70s, so it was good to look back on how the area looked then. There is so much material. I found it very interesting, I think you could talk forever about what the newspaper has seen over the past 125 years.”
Members of Sheffield’s Sharrow Cycling Club had a special reason for attending the talk, held at Weston Park Museum - the group also celebrates its 125th birthday this year.
Treasurer John Collins said: “The reason we came along is because we share our anniversary with The Star. In the 60s, one of our riders completed a Sheffield to Bridlington ride in three hours four minutes and they made the front page of The Star - we’ve still got the cutting.
“I think local newspapers are really important for being a recorder of history. We live in a world full of technology but nothing can beat having a paper in your hands. I know for a lot of people they look forward to reading The Star every day.”
Nancy said: “We had a really good turnout, with lots of enthusiasm from our readers.
“We talked about some of the big stories from the past but also about how we are using the internet, video and Twitter to adapt to the way we deliver news in the future.”