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This will be a sad loss
10:47am Thursday 3rd May 2012 in Letters
I BOUGHT my last copy of The Press from Atherton’s newsagents on Saturday before it closed.
I agree with Phil Shepherdson (Letters, April 30) that it is a sad day for everyone. Phil’s wife takes my order for a bacon sarnie on a morning at a Micklegate takeaway, which is doing well with all the builders in Toft Green popping in.
Not so with newsagents. Our Holgate corner shop has now closed as well. The owner left me his bike, and he had a supermarket six doors away in Blossom Street.
On buying my last paper from Atherton’s, I spoke with owner Jane Hancock about the Atherton name emerging in the 1960s.
I remember our newspaper office having to change the label from Ramsden to Atherton’s at that time, as papers were sent out with up-to-date racing in them.
But by the 1970s our own jobs were lost as bookies opened and racing results were not needed.
Gone also are the street paper sellers who used to shout ‘late news’. The Press Association kept updating us with any breaking news; very much as it comes across now on the TV.
Allen Denney, Holgate Road, York.
Editor’s note: We still like breaking news, but nowadays it appears on our website as well as in the papers.
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