Your Doncaster Free Press is moving to a new home - and a bright new future.
This Thursday’s edition will be the very last edition of the town’s favourite newspaper to have been put together at our offices in Sunny Bar, where we’ve been ever since we were born 89 years ago way back in 1925.
On Friday, we will wave farewell to our distinctive red-brick building opposite the Corn Exchange for a short hop across town centre to a brand new home on the corner of Printing Office Street and Cleveland Street, which opens for business from Monday.
We’ll be sad to leave our home where more than 4,500 editions of the paper have been put together by our editorial and advertising teams over the decades - but the building, constructed in 1902 has seen better days and our new offices, right next door to the Old Angel pub, are clean, modern and spacious - ready for a new digital age of newspapers.
The Free Press was the brainchild of printer Dickie Crowther who arrived at Sunny Bar in 1924. The paper first hit the streets on June 18, 1925 under the title of Doncaster Free Press and Courier of Coming Events, priced at just 1/2d and although departments have come and gone since, we’ve had a constant presence here since day one with just eight editors taking the helm of the paper down the years, with Chris Burton the current man in charge. Our new office address is 39 Printing Office Street, Doncaster, DN1 1TN.
All our telephone numbers - including our main switchboard number - 01302 819111 - will remain exactly the same.
So farewell Sunny Bar, hello a brand new era - come and join us!