Your Doncaster Free Press is moving to a new home today - and a bright new future.
We will wave farewell to our distinctive red-brick building opposite the Corn Exchange at 5pm today a short hop across the town centre to a brand new home on the corner of Printing Office Street and Cleveland Street, which opens for business from Monday.
We’ll be sad to leave our home where more than 4,500 editions of the paper have been put together by our editorial and advertising teams over the decades - but the building, constructed in 1902 has seen better days and our new offices, right next door to the Old Angel pub, are clean, modern and spacious - ready for a new digital age of newspapers.
The Free Press was the brainchild of printer Dickie Crowther who arrived at Sunny Bar in 1924.
The paper first hit the streets on June 18, 1925, under the title of Doncaster Free Press and Courier of Coming Events, priced at just 1/2d and although departments have come and gone since, we’ve had a constant presence here since day one with just eight editors taking the helm of the paper down the years, with Chris Burton the current man in charge.
He said: “We might be moving to a new home, but that’s the only thing that’s going to change. We’ll still be the place to turn to for what’s happening in Doncaster.”
Our new office address is 39 Printing Office Street, Doncaster, DN1 1TN. All our telephone numbers - including our main switchboard number - 01302 819111 - will remain exactly the same.
There may be techincal difficulties in contacting us via telephone or email during the switch over, so please bear with us.
So farewell Sunny Bar, hello a brand new era - come and join us!