250 years of Yorkshire journalism

The Yorkshire Post has celebrated its 250th anniversary with a book recording its history and celebrating Yorkshire and its people.

Reporting Yorkshire: 250 Years of the Yorkshire Post tells how the newspaper has covered the county from its beginnings as the Leedes Intelligencer in 1754 and how it grappled with its great rival the Leeds Mercury in a battle for survival.

It became the Yorkshire Post in 1866.

Highlights include accounts of how the Post set off the train of events which led to the abdication of Edward VIII and the key role the newspaper played in opposing the appeasement of Hitler.

The book includes the remarkable Kriegie Edition – a version of the Post produced by prisoners of war in Stalag Luft VI during World War II.

Edited selections of the best writing to appear in the paper cover the Yorkshire Ripper’s day of reckoning, the Black Panther, Michael Sams, the first reporter at the York Minster fire, strife in the coalfields, the Bradford City fire and Hillsborough.

Fred Trueman, Geoffrey Boycott, Brian Close and Michael Vaughan feature in a cricket heroes’ section and interviewees include James Herriot, Alan Bennett, and the calendar girls of Rylstone Women’s Institute.

Reporting Yorkshire, by Michael Hickling, is published by the Yorkshire Post in association with Great Northern Books, priced £16.99

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