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Final editions hit Selby newsagents as rival papers merge

It was the end of an era for an historic Selby newspaper this week as the Selby Times published its final edition before it was merged with its arch rival.

The final edition of the Selby Times hit news stands on Wednesday morning following completion of the sale of the former Johnston Press title to Goole based Chronicle Publications, owner of the Selby Post.

Both papers will now be combined under one roof where an all-new paper will be published under the new title of the Selby Times & Post.  According to the new proprietors, the new paper will create ‘one ultimate weekly read for Selby’.

The Selby Times has, since the publication of its first issue in 1860, grown to become a much loved institution in the town.  Ever-present throughout more than a century and a half of life in the Selby area, the Times' journalists have reported on a plethora of ups and downs including the Great Heck Rail Disaster, devastating floods of 1947 and 2000, the discovery of Europe’s biggest coal field beneath our feet and even the effects of two world wars, as viewed from our town.

..my love for my home town and district – particularly its first rate folk – will long live on.

— Chris Page, Selby Times Editor

The paper’s team of four journalists together with a number of advertising staff based at its Gowthorpe office will not be following the paper as it moves across town.  They have instead been found alternative rôles at the former parent company’s base in Doncaster.

Chris Page, content editor for the Selby Times, is among those relocating to Doncaster, having worked on the title for 35 years.

Bringing his time at the Selby title to a close, Chris wrote, “Good contacts have become even greater friends on a patch I've been proud and privileged to cover for so long.

“Headlines and deadlines will fade.  But my love for my home town and district – particularly its first rate folk – will long live on.”

Chronicle Publications launched the Selby Post as a free-sheet in the mid-1990s, delivered to the majority of homes across the area.

The paper quickly gained a following for its light hearted, irreverent approach to reporting the area’s news.  The more tabloidesque style of the paper included the paper’s notorious ‘Numpty of the Week’ feature where those who found themselves up before the towns Magistrates’ each week were routinely named, shamed and often ridiculed.

More recently the paper repositioned itself as a mid-market paid-for title coming into direct competition with its elder neighbour.

Speaking to journalism website, Hold the Front Page, Chronicle’s Mark Dunkerley said, “We are really delighted with this acquisition. The Selby Times and Goole Courier titles fit perfectly in the geography of titles we already publish and bring additional strong brands into our newspaper portfolio.”

The all-new Selby Times and Post will be available from newsagents each Thursday with a cover price of 50p per issue.

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First published at 19:30 on Thursday, August 15th, 2013.