Copy of newpaper’s first edition from late 1800s found

Mrs Chrissie Smithson and her first edition copy of The Clitheroe Times, dated 1888
Mrs Chrissie Smithson and her first edition copy of The Clitheroe Times, dated 1888

A FIRST edition copy of The Clitheroe Times dating back to the late 1800s has been discovered by a Clitheroe resident.

The old newspaper, discovered in a drawer at the home of 85-year-old Mrs Chrissie Smithson, will be put up for auction at Silverwoods.

Then called The Clitheroe Times and Low Moor, Whalley, Chatburn and Ribblesdale Observer, the copy is dated Friday, December 7th, and priced at just one penny.

“This copy has been lying around in the drawer for yonks,” Mrs Smithson explained. “It’s such an interesting read and brings back many memories. I can even remember some of the shops advertised.”

The paper’s first editorial said the population of Clitheroe and Low Moor alone had reached 10,000 and deserved a local newspaper. Apart from being packed with news, adverts carried included a job advert for a “good general servant”.