Raise a glass to the news­pa­per

Surrey Herald/News - - LETTERS -

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

Shep­per­ton

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