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Nov 14 2014

Goodbye, Harrow Observer

20141114_newspaperA sad day today. Trinity Mirror , the publisher of the Harrow Observer, have announced that the paper will cease being printed in December, and will revert to an on-line news source instead. Trinity Mirror announced the closure of seven local newspapers with the loss of 50 jobs, in move described by trade unions as “catastrophic” (source: The Guardian).

The paper begun life  as the four-page, two pence “The Harrow Monthly Gazette and General Advertiser” in 1855.

It’s departure leaves just the Harrow Times being distributed across the borough.

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  1. old harrovian

    What a sad day to lose the HARROW OBSERVER
    I have followed the paper for 70 yrs and sent many pics that was published
    the first silver fire engine in england at harrow on hill station
    the flooding of wealdstone shops in 1968
    pics ST annes at its opening the Queen at harrow school and ST ANNES
    ROGER BANNISTER ,THE SAINT ,ELTON JOHN,RONNIE BARKER ,PRINCESS DIANA
    It has covered all the events of harrow and supported lots functions like HARROW SHOW
    STREET PARTIES ,CORONATION MILLENNIUM .END OF THE WAR
    Probably caused it own failure when it closed the main office in station road Harrow in1980
    the large version was packed wirh pics ,weddings ,events ,COVER OF HARROWTOWN AND WEALDSTONE FOOTBALL club
    PAGES OF READERS LETTERS AND PUBLIC ADV FOR FLATS FURNITURE JOBS
    Full of pics of events and where yr comments or grievences were shared
    AS A PAPER BOY IN THE 1950 TILL 2000 EVERY HOUSE HAD THE HARROW OBSERVER
    IT GAVE FULL ACCOUNT OF THE LOCAL NEWS ,EVENTS, SPORT LOCAL CRIME WITHOUT THE INTERNET AND FACEBOOK
    SAD DAY EVERYONE READ OR ENJOYED THE HARROW OBSERVER IN THERE LIFETIME

  2. Concerned Harrovian

    I agree old harrovian it is a sad day. .One time there even used to be a Midweek Observer, It can be read online but it is not the same as having a paper copy delivered free through the letterbox. it means another source of information is denied the people of Harrow.

    It is good the Harrow Times is still in operation. Also thanks are due to Paul for covering issues that the main stream press steer clear of. Possibly due to either pressure from advertisers or our local politicians. Transparency is not a quality that seems to feature in local government as Paul’s efforts (ie FOIs) to extract information are either met with delaying tactics or allegations of vexatious requests.

  3. Susan Hall

    This is indeed very sad news for all Harrovians. I too cannot remember a time without the paper and was always happy to purchase one. The problem for these papers is however the change in the way we all receive and search for news. The internet is used as a preference for an increasing number of people. I used to advertise my business at least once a month in the paper often taking a full page but sadly have had to stop this over the last good few years as businesses have had to change with the times and find on line ways of attracting new customers. I do hope Harrovians continue to view the on line paper and I would particularly like to thank John Paul Shammas one of their excellent reporters. John does not always write what I want him too but then as a Politician I am always going to say that! However he has always been fair and has been like a Rottweiler trying to extract news and information from us. I wish those who will stay with the paper well and thank those who will sadly lose their jobs for their much valued contributions.

  4. sonoo malkani

    This is both sad as well as shocking.What a pity we’re losing a paper which has been part of our normal life for so many years.I am sure we will all feel lost without it.So many reporters have changed over the years but I have found them very helpful and most of the time fair in their reporting.They have been a highly professional bunch and I feel very sad many will be losing their jobs.I would like to take this opportunity to thank them profusely for all they have done as a team of caring professionals.

    I particularly owe a debt of gratitude to many reporters and editors who religiously came and attended our HPCCG (Harrow Police & Community Consultative Group)meetings during my term as Chair for ten years—in fact covering our policing news assidously for decades.

    They were always most obliging and gave notice of every meeting whenever requested.They have been a great asset to our local public and will be sorely missed.

    As an ordinary member of public I know how much this free paper dropping through our doors will be missed.Thursdays will never be the same.I’m most grateful we have managed to keep it going online.This means,however, many will not be either able to access it or know how to do so which is a real shame.Still it’s a sign of the changing times.One more casualty!I expect we will learn to engage more often online.No choice!

    I only hope and pray that those losing jobs will find new pastures and continue to serve others in the same vein.I wish you all the very best of luck.|Good luck also to those who will remain and continue to serve us local folk.We rely on you a great deal for reporting of a high standard and for your professionalism.God bless you all.Lots of luck and God speed.

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