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Doncaster Free Press moves out of historic home


The Doncaster Free Press moves out of its historic home today after 89 years.

The weekly, owned by Johnston Press, will be moving from its red-bricked offices opposite the Corn Exchange at 5pm tonight.

“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,” it stated in an editorial.

The newspaper was established as Doncaster Free Press and Courier of Coming Events, in 1925, by printer Dickie Crowther and priced at 1/2d.

“We might be moving to a new home, but that’s the only thing that’s going to change. We’ll still be the place to turn to for what’s happening in Doncaster,” said editor, Chris Burton.

“So farewell Sunny Bar, hello a brand new era – come and join us!”

Johnston Press has been disposing of a number of its older buildings as it seeks to reduce debts and cut costs across the titles. Some of the properties listed on its website included the former Yorkshire Post Building in Leeds and the Sheffield Star’s old home, the Telegraph Building.

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