HAPPY Birthday to us!
From humble beginnings as the Sheffield Evening Telegraph on June 7, 1887, The Star has developed into one of Britain’s leading daily regional newspapers, reaching more than 100,000 readers every day.
And, to mark our anniversary, regional train operator East Midlands Trains is naming one of its intercity high-speed locomotives after us.
David Horne, EMT managing director, said: “The team at The Star have been crucial in helping us to keep the people of Sheffield - one of the key cities on our network - informed of the changes we have made to Sheffield’s transport network.
“We are delighted to be naming one of our inter-city 125 high-speed trains to help celebrate 125 years of The Star.”
The locomotive will be named ‘The Sheffield Star’ in a ceremony at Sheffield station on Wednesday.
It is the second Star-related nameplate, after locomotive number 43055 carried the name from 1993 until it was repainted 10 years later.
And, in a nod to history, the same locomotive - now resplendent in East Midlands Trains colours - will also carry the new name.
Jeremy Clifford, The Star editor, said: “Over the past 125 years, The Star has been at all the major events, reporting on tragedy, triumph and significant moments in our history.
“As technology has changed, so has the way we have brought our readers the news. And we will continue to adapt and change to ensure we remain at the forefront of people’s minds.
“We not only print the news in The Star, we also have a huge audience on our website - www.thestar.co.uk - and last year we launched a mobile phone site.
“This year we have introduced a sports app to help us to bring people up-to-date information when they want it, where they want it, and in the format they want it - which will ensure we are here hopefully for another 125 years.”
The train naming is just the start of our 125 anniversary celebrations - for more on our plans to mark this historic year, keep an eye on The Star in print and online at www.thestar.co.uk, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sheffieldstar and on Twitter at @sheffieldstar