Raise a glass to the newspaper
THIS is the penultimate edition of the Surrey Herald. Next week the final edition of the paper will be published. There have been some lovely comments from readers about what the newspaper has meant to them over the years... and some concern about what happens in the future. The week following the final edition of the Surrey Herald – Christmas week – will see the publication of the first edition of the Runnymede & Spelthorne edition of the Surrey Advertiser. This quality broadsheet will be packed full of news, sports and features, regulars that you recognise from the Herald & News and new items that we hope you will enjoy. It will cover both boroughs, be written by the same team currently working for the Herald & News, who will be contactable at the same address, email addresses and on the same telephone numbers that you are used to. There will be a dedicated weekly entertainment guide and property guide and many more features and supplements in store for you. And the broadsheet format means we will be able to pack a lot in. Priced at just 80p, it will be in newsagents every Friday, launching on Boxing Day. Please join us on the nest stage of the journey. Next week’s edition of the Herald & News promises a little nostalgia, looking back at the colourful history of the newspaper, as well as a better preview of what’s in store for news coverage for this area with the new edition of the Surrey Advertiser. On Wednesday next week staff will be gathering at The Crown in Chertsey at 7pm to bid this newspaper a fond farewell. Former staff members and contacts are welcome to join us in raising a toast to the Herald & News. World War on HMS Aldenham. The ship was sunk on December 14 1944 and 126 of my dear shipmates were lost. All so young.
I shall be in the village of Aldenham at the church service to remember them.
It will be 70 years to the day when the ship struck a mine while helping the Yugoslavs silence German gun batteries to free them from the enemy. We must never forget those who gave their all so that we may live in peace with all men. GEORGE DREWETT Greeno Crescent