Celebrating our 130th birthday

NILALM110711C3 - Dave Wade and Amy Hirst with the Ilkeston advertiser
NILALM110711C3 - Dave Wade and Amy Hirst with the Ilkeston advertiser

William Shakspeare was the reporter and Bewley and Roe of Bath Street were the publishers of the first edition.

Shakspeare went on to become editor and proprietor of the paper, his daughter Dorothy Shakspeare followed in her father’s footsteps after his death, which happened as he was overseeing the paper go to press.

Throughout the Second World War the pages of the ‘Tiser carried tales of tragedy and triumph.

After the war the growth of the town filled the columns, the 50s saw new schools to accommodate more and more children and in the 60s protests were staged over plans to incorporate the parishes of Trowell, West Hallam and Awsworth and Cossall into the borough.

The paper stayed in the Shakspeare family following Dorothy’s death in 1969, as her sisters took over.

The 70s saw the paper spearhead a series of campaigns which successfully saw 24 hour ambulance cover for the town introduced and less successfully stop 1,500 job losses at Stanton.

Stewart Bint was a reporter at the paper from 1974 to 1976, he recently returned to the town to see how things had changed.

On his visit he stopped off at the Advertiser office and shared some stories from back in the day.

“I remember as clearly as anything, the editor would open the hatch and shout me into his office,” he said. “I’d have to take a parcel of copy that was all hand typed and head to the bus stop.

“I’d hand the parcel to the conductor and run back to the office to call Ripley printers who would send someone out the other end to collect the parcel ready for press.

“It’s remarkable to think that’s how things were done when you think of how things have moved on so much now.

“The copy never got lost but there were a few occasions where I forgot to ring through and it missed its stop.”

Stewart covered a range of stories while working for the paper including the beginning of Erewash Borough Council.

Stewart, 55, added: “I have a lot of happy memories of my time in Ilkeston, it was a great job in a great place.

“It’s 37 years since I started here and I’ve only been back a couple of times since I left.

“A lot’s changed but it’s still the same town that I loved working in back then.”

In 1992, the Advertiser was taken over by Johnston Press, who still own the title now.

The then editor Pete Pheasant also shared fond memories of his time working for the paper.

“My time at the Advertiser was definitley the highlight of my career in journalism,” he said.

“I started as a trainee reporter and was there for 21 years and it was such a privilege to work as a reporter and editor and share in the joys and heartaches of the people in what is a wonderful town.

“There were so many stories that I remember but the destruction of communities around Chapel Street when the relief road was built and the demise of Stanton stand out.”

Today’s editor Peter Hemmett said: “We are very proud of the ‘Tiser’s history and the role we have played, and continue to play, in the town.

“The community has always been at the heart of what we do here and we aim to maintain the high standards the Advertiser has always prided itself with.”