“It was like join­ing a fam­ily”

The People's Friend - - Heritage -

I be­came a “Friend” reader in the 1980s, when I was re­search­ing the mag­a­zine with a view to, one day, writ­ing for it. That was when I re­alised it was very dif­fer­ent from all the other mag­a­zines.

In 1991, the “Friend” bought a Fa­ther’s Day story from me, and it was like join­ing a fam­ily – not just with the lovely ed­i­to­rial staff, but with the read­ers, too – and that feel­ing has never left me.

Over the years, the “Friend” has evolved and changed with the times, but the warm heart and up­lift­ing tone never changes. There is some­thing very spe­cial about this na­tional trea­sure of a mag­a­zine, and I’m de­lighted to still be writ­ing for the “Friend” as it cel­e­brates its 150th an­niver­sary.

Teresa Ashby.

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