Royal Visit: HRH The Duke of York tours The Star in Sheffield on 125th anniversary - VIDEO

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HIS Royal Highness The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, is the special guest at The Star’s head office in Sheffield today to celebrate the newspaper’s 125th anniversary, writes digital editor Graham Walker.

He was first introduced to long service employees and senior management of Johnston Press, publishers of The Star, including JP chairman Ian Russell and Sheffield Newspapers MD John Bills - before Editor Jeremy Clifford escorted him around the building.

The Duke of York..meets The Star Managing Director John Bills

The Duke of York..meets The Star Managing Director John Bills

The Duke, who met staff from advertising, newspaper sales, marketing and editorial departments, also took part in a board room round table discussion about the newspaper industry and a Q&A with budding journalists from Sheffield College.

Before he leaves, His Royal Highness, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, David Moody, will be invited to unveil a plaque to commemorate his visit and The Star’s landmark Anniversary.

He was invited to the offices in York Street to see the huge changes in the newspaper industry since his last visit - on September 14, 1987, which then marked The Star’s centenary.

Sheffield College and university student Rosie Hamer, aged 21, of Whirlow, is on work experience at The Star this week and was looking forward to meeting the Duke.

Rosie, who is studying politics and philosophy at the London School of Economics, said: “It’s exciting and a great opportunity to seek the views of such a prominent figure.”

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