The Watford Observer – ‘a paper for the people’ for 160 years

Samuel Peacock took a step into the unknown on Saturday, January 24, 1863 when he published the first issue of the ‘Watford Observer, and General Advertiser for Watford, Bushey and Rickmansworth’. Would his belief that the locality needed and could support its own newspaper be vindicated? The answer was to an unequivocal yes and today we celebrate that 160th anniversary.

That first edition was only four pages – three of which were printed in London – and it featured this mission statement: “…to all classes of readers we state our design is to make ‘The Observer’ a paper for the people. It will ever by our aim to represent the wants of the masses, and at the same time to give such information and advice as we trust shall be the welfare and good of all classes of society.”

Peacock could never have envisioned those first four pages growing into a multimedia print and online publication, but if he were still around today it is fair to assume he would be feeling proud that his brainchild is still going strong 160 years later.

Watford Observer: The first four-page issue was published on January 24, 1863The first four-page issue was published on January 24, 1863 (Image: Watford Observer / Watford Museum)

We will be reflecting on the Watford Observer’s history throughout this week, and a special supplement will be published with Friday’s newspaper to mark this milestone.

Stay connected with us on social media platform for instant update click here to join our  Twitter, & Facebook

We are now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@TechiUpdate) and stay updated with the latest Technology headlines.

For all the latest Health News Click Here 

 For the latest news and updates, follow us on Google News

Read original article here

Denial of responsibility! TechAzi is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More