A WRITER who worked for the Evening Post for more than 40 years had the shock of her life when she spotted a front page of the paper in a Sussex pub.
Betty Hughes worked as Women’s Editor for the paper from 1967 until 10 years ago.
But now, while visiting family in East Sussex, all her newsroom memories came flooding back. That’s because as she walked out of the Mark Cross Inn, Crowborough, she spotted something that looked familiar.
“We were walking out of the door and I saw this newspaper framed on the wall,” she said.
“I first of all spotted that the pictures were of the then Princess Elizabeth and the then Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.
‘‘I then looked at the paper’s masthead and realised why it looked so familiar — it was the paper I’d worked at.’’
The paper was dated July 10, 1947, and the front page was dedicated to the engagement announcement of the pair that would become Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh. “They were gobsmacked when I told them I used to work on the paper.’’
Mrs Hughes asked where the paper had come from, but the bar staff could not tell her how long it had been there or how it got there. They have regulars donating pictures all the time, so they hang them up,” she added.
“I was astonished to find it hanging on the wall — in a prominent position by the entrance to the main bar — this broadsheet edition of the paper. It is a bit yellowing and frayed at the edges, but easily readable.
“I just wonder if any readers can solve the mystery of how this historic edition travelled 200 miles to decorate the wall of this popular rural local.”
Do you know how the paper got onto that wall? Call Rachel Moses-Lloyd on 01792 545548.