Three cheers for anyone who’s missed a day off

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THERE’S an old saying that if you want to know the value of a day, ask a man with a few hours to live.

And if you want to know the value of a week, ask a weekly newspaper editor (who hopefully will be in better health).

But if anyone would like me to explain how tricky it can be to fit a week’s news into the paper drop me a line - I’ll be only too pleased to let off a little steam!

And of course, like every other business in town, we’ve been battling hard last week and this to plan in advance for the three successive short working weeks thanks to Easter, the royal wedding.and May Day bank holiday.

Oh for the joy of taking three days off and getting 11 in return - but that’s not an option for most of the hard-working team at the Free Press who are labouring on through the festivities.

It was ever so for newspaper men and women - in fact one of my favourite stories for the young reporters in the newsroom is that before moving to Doncaster i had never once in my career had a public holiday as a day off (and I also worked three Christmas Days - that makes their eyes water) and for a large part of those years I worked a tremendously socially awkward shift of early afternoon to very late evening or into the early hours.

As for missing the odd bank holiday, there’ll be hundreds, if not thousands, of other workers in the town sharing our pain this week as we stare forlornly out of the office windows at the sunshine - but more power to your elbows, you are the ones who make the town tick.

Our Doncaster At Work supplement is inside the paper today and in it we launch our new Environment Awards.

Please take a look if you or your company has a care for the world around you. If you are making an effort we’d really like to hear from you. It’s all on Page 41.