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Sunday, 5 October 2014

Happy 100th birthday, Sunday Post!

One hundred years ago this weekend, the first edition of Sunday Post was published, and it’s still going strong. It has always been considered a family newspaper, from the established stable of DC Thomson, Dundee, and is concerned to reflect integrity, respect, commitment and creativity in its journalism; indeed, it is a crusading periodical with heart. Recently, I’m pleased to find that I can obtain this at our local newsagent here in Spain every Sunday.

Growing up in the northeast of England, I was familiar with this weekly newspaper and loved the comic strips, notably The Broons and Oor Wullie.
My drawing of Oor Wullie, 2004

These two strips first appeared in the Post in 1936 and have continued to the present day (there were reprints in the 1970s). The Broons is an extended Scottish family (English name: The Browns) of several generations, while Wullie is a spiky-haired scamp; the characters haven’t really changed – or aged – in seventy-eight years! The writers and artists are not averse to including present-day events and people in the strips.

Here, you can read all about The Broons and Oor Wullie:

1997 commemorative book in my collection

It's interesting (to me, at least!) that between January 2005 and 2006 storylines were written by broadcaster Tom Morton (no relation) from his home in Shetland.

It this world of constant and rapid change, it’s braw to know that some things stay the same.

Congratulations, Sunday Post!


David Cranmer said...

Sounds like my kind of paper!

Nik said...

I was very pleased to find it out here in Spain, David. Nostalgia, indeed. It has an online presence for expats who don't want to commit to a subscription, but they won't get the comics!