HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Browsing 125 years of history at Star display - VIDEO

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A CENTURY and a quarter of Sheffield’s social, political and sporting history was on show at the turn of a page - as The Star’s 125th anniversary exhibition was launched at the Town Hall.

Readers queued to get in before the opening of the exhibition, which gave people the chance to read stories from over the years, as well as meet present-day reporters and the Editor, Jeremy Clifford.

Former Star photographer Brian Vaughan, aged 81, and his wife Sheila, aged 78, of Coal Aston, are pictured at The Star anniversary event at Sheffield Town Hall.

Former Star photographer Brian Vaughan, aged 81, and his wife Sheila, aged 78, of Coal Aston, are pictured at The Star anniversary event at Sheffield Town Hall.

Among those browsing was Diane Gascoyne, aged 60, from Crookes, who had found the edition of The Star published on the day she was born.

The biggest story on the front page from June 14, 1952, was about an industrial dispute - still the kind of story making the headlines today.

Diane said: “I think it’s important to have local newspapers still. I’m not that much of a computer person and I wouldn’t like to lose my daily paper.”

She said archive editions of The Star had proved invaluable while she was carrying out a research project about Sheffield’s first large refugee community, the Belgians during World War One.

Joan Colley, aged 73, of Foxhill, who was with husband Charles, said the exhibition brought back memories of events including horrific gales in 1962, when the roof was torn off the couple’s first home in Walkley.

She said: “It’s nice to be able to look back at all the old cuttings.”

Among others at the exhibition launch was the Lord Mayor, Coun John Campbell and councillors.

Veteran Labour councillor Peter Price said: “I’ve had a love-hate relationship with The Star over the years. It’s been interesting looking at the old editions. I featured in many of them.”

The Star 125th anniversary exhibition is at Weston Park Museum from October 2 to November 4.