Forty years fly by for the Star

The Shropshire Star celebrated its 40th birthday with a fly-past by the Red Arrows and a special party for readers.

Free bottles of bubbly were handed out to readers who climbed to the top of a hill, near Telford, to watch.

The Red Arrows agreed to stage the fly-past in recognition of the Shropshire Star’s community sponsorship, which includes backing the annual RAF Cosford airshow.

Shropshire Star editor Sarah-Jane Smith said: “We were delighted that the Red Arrows agreed to mark our anniversary in such spectacular style.”

The paper also marked its birthday, on 5 October, with a special supplement, a reprint of part of the first-ever paper and a week of special features and competitions.

In its 40 years, the eight-edition Star – sister paper of the Wolverhampton Express & Star – has grown to become Britain’s ninth biggest evening paper with a circulation of 82,692 despite having no major city in its circulation area.

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