The Newcastle Journal wins applause from Shearer on its 190th birthday

Personalities have congratulated a regional daily for having brought information to their region for 190 years.

Newcastle-based daily The Journal has celebrated its 190th anniversary, having been founded on May 12, 1832.

Celebrities from the North East of England including former England footballer Alan Shearer and the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland are among those who offered messages of congratulations as the newspaper marked the milestone.

The anniversary also featured on the front page of the Journal yesterday, pictured below.

Mr Shearer said: “Congratulations to the Journal on reaching the ripe old age of 190.

“It’s a North East institution and I’ve always appreciated the support the newspaper has given to the charities I’ve been involved with, such as the Alan Shearer Foundation and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

“And, of course, I exchanged very regularly with journalists from the sports section.

“I hope The Journal will celebrate many more significant anniversaries in the decades to come and wish the team there the very best.”

In a joint statement, the Duke and Duchess added: “Reaching 190 is an incredible achievement for any business.

“While the landscape of how we get news has changed dramatically since the Journal’s inception, the newspaper continues to play a vital role in advocating for local businesses, highlighting important local issues and celebrating the many positive stories who come from our communities in the northeast.

“Congratulations to the Journal on its 190th anniversary.”

The Journal was set up by businessmen John Hernaman and Robert Perring at the request of local Tories to oppose Earl Gray’s Reform Bill, which reformed Parliament and gave the vote to many more men than before.

In an article tracing the history of the newspapereditor Graeme Whitfield wrote: “The North East we serve has changed significantly over the Journal’s history and the Journal has – contrary to its original mission – been politically neutral for many years.

“But in many ways its mission is the same as that envisioned by Mr Hernaman and Mr Perring when it started in 1832: to keep the people of Newcastle and the North East informed and entertained, to defend the best interests of the region and to hold power accountable.

“Few institutions last 190 years and we have no intention of stopping anytime soon.”

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