Thanks and here’s to the new online Green ’Un

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A thousand thanks for sending souvenir editions of the Green ’Un to my letterbox faster than any pigeon would have done.

The last in any line is always special. As Paul Taylor said the Green ’Un was part of South Yorkshire’s heritage. Its passing needed something special, a souvenir that captured every magical moment across 106 years. A tall order; a mighty tall order. You said you hoped you did the paper justice. You most certainly did.

The heydays were all there. Keith Farnsworth’s vast memory bank, Harry Heap and his legendary cartoons, John Piper; Hagan, Dooley, Currie, Waddle, Joe Mercer, Jack Charlton, Howard Wilkinson.

You and the team did the paper proud and make those of us who carried the baton feel equally proud.

The Green ’Un was why I chose Sheffield in 1959 because I was offered an extra 15s a week for working on it.

I edited The Star and Green ’Un for 10 years (1968-78). In 1968 The Star sold 210,000 and the Green ’Un would also have been well into six figures. The combined staff to produce and deliver The Star, Green ’Un and Morning Telegraph was huge– 825 in 1972.

The end of an unforgettable era was inevitable in the world of instant access through internet, apps and mobiles. Here’s to the new online Green ’Un and a return to the glory days for the Owls and Blades.

Colin Brannigan OBE

Clotherholme Road, Ripon