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Hurricane Star Feb 16 1962
Hurricane Star Feb 16 1962
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THE Star has been bringing readers across South Yorkshire the stories that matter for 125 years - with its proud heritage taking in the most momentous events in recent history.

Chief among the stories from the early decades was the coverage of the Second World War, which came close to home in 1940 when the Sheffield Blitz devastated much of the city centre.

Readers were shown dramatic photos of the damage caused by the Luftwaffe bombs, which killed more than 600 people.

Weather has also hit the headlines in The Star over the past years.

A gale affecting the eastern Pennines wreaked havoc in Sheffield on February 16, 1962, with wind speeds hitting 96mph. Four people were killed and 6,000 left without homes.

Then, in June 2007, Sheffield was submerged in water during the worst floods for 100 years, which left 48,000 homes without power.

Britain’s worst sporting disaster was covered in-depth in 1989, when 96 football fans were killed during an FA Cup tie at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough Stadium.

In 1984, the focus was on the miners’ strike, when South Yorkshire colliery workers walked out for almost 12 months.

The dispute was one of the defining events in British industrial relations, and the pit closures that followed drastically changed the region, where many workers were employed as miners.

Nowadays readers get their news from The Star in many ways rather than just the printed newspaper. They keep up-to-date through our website, Facebook fan page and Twitter account - and The Star will soon be improving its digital service with a cutting-edge iPad app.