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Chester Chronicle through the years

These photos found in our archives show how times have changed

Times are always changing at the Chester Chronicle , but these pictures found in our archives show just how different things are now compared to back then.

Over the years we have seen three office moves, countless employees come and go and a move from broadsheet to ‘compact’ newspaper in 2005.

Some well known journalists started their careers at The Chronicle, including Lucy Meacock of Granada Reports, Jane Dreaper, now the BBC’s health correspondent and Branwen Jeffreys, who is now Education Editor at BBC news.

The late Chester actor Hugh Lloyd who is pictured here on a visit to the newsroom, also began his career as a reporter on The Chronicle.

And some readers may remember when a major investment was made into launching a new evening newspaper for Chester called Tonight back in May 1989, which lasted for around two and a half years.

During its short reign, it covered significant news events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, an event remembered well by current Executive Editor Mike Green who worked briefly as Tonight’s deputy news editor.

1989 also saw full colour being introduced on Chronicle’s sister paper Ellesmere Port Pioneer for the first time and building work began on a new colour printing press site on Sealand Road (now Big Storage) with the first Chronicle printed at the new site coming out on March 5 1990.

In 1987, staff moved from working at their original premises on Bridge Street just across the road to Commonhall Street which would be the main Chronicle HQ for the next 25 years before we moved to our current building on Sealand Road in 2012.

Related : Chronicle House transformed into student accommodation

We discovered other gems of information in the archives, such as the time 500 Chronicle readers who had won a free rail trip to London got stuck in Birmingham when blizzards brought down power lines. They never did reach their destination.

And did you also know The Chronicle experimented with environmentally-friendly vegetable ink for its printing in 1991?

Also that year, Chronicle employee Tecwyn Williams set up a charity that would enable sick children to have a holiday of a lifetime. Almost 25 years later, Miles for Smiles is still going strong, having raised more than a million pounds and helping hundreds of children.

The Chronicle is now reaching more than 500,000 unique users a month (with October setting a new record, building on September's previous record), so here's to many more years of the best Chester news.

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