THE HAMILTON ADVERTISER IS LEAVING HAMILTON.

We no longer have a newspaper being written in out town after 163 years of reporting the local news.
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I enjoy reading my local newspaper, my local newspaper tells me what happens in Hamilton and tells me about local community events and it even does little things that gives a newspaper a personal touch such as ‘Reader of the week’ & sections such as ‘You said it’.
 
On Friday when I got home from work after a long hard week and as I do every Friday, I sat down at my dining room table to unwind while reading my favourite newspaper and to my surprise I read a small column on page 4 to let the faithful readers of the Hammy Ad know that the newspaper was to leave Hamilton.
 
Some people say to me, what has Hamilton got that makes it a great town? I answer, we have our very own town centre with a fairly good choice of shops, indoor shopping & outdoor, we have a retail park and we have our very own football team. How many people can boast of having a town which is surrounded by forest and county parks and with its very own Racecourse? And I did used to say, we are one of the few towns who has its very own newspaper!
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Now, the Hamilton Advertiser is being taken away from us and will be a Glasgow tabloid. Yes, people will still send things to the newspaper, but for me this is just taking away the ‘Personal Touch’ that our newspaper has always had.
The Hamilton Advertiser was first set up in Hamilton as the Hamilton Herald and was first published in 1856. Back then based in Campbell Street the journalists were embedded within the community and recorded the news every week when it happened. The newspaper would then be written at the Campbell Street news office and even printed on the very same building.
 
Jumping ahead in time when technology changed, and the internet changed the way most of us read our news. The newspaper was still very involved in our community and sent the weekly print by email to the printers, but there has always still been a presence in the community. The reporters were still out in the street and were still part of our community.
 
The newspaper was taken over by Scottish & Universal Newspapers LTD many years ago, but yes, it still ran as our town’s local newspaper and even though the newspaper had new owners, it was still seen to be “our” local newspaper.
I was the very last customer to purchase something from the Campbell Street newspaper building before it closed and was one of the first to purchase a newspaper from the new premises in Duke Street and now our towns very own newspaper has turned its back on us! The Hamilton Advertiser is now a Glasgow newspaper.
 
I firmly believe that the newspaper owes so much more to us, than a tiny corner printed on the bottom of a page that might go unmissed. Why has the editor not given this week’s edition a centre spread with a couple of pages to say goodbye?
Yes, they can remotely write the news from their Glasgow office, but for myself who has been an avid readier of the Hamilton Advertiser for as long as I can remember, then this is nit good enough!
 
The move from Hamilton will now take the shine away from our ‘Local’ newspaper and with 163 years of reporting History in Hamilton just brushed aside and not even respectfully mentioned to the loyal readers, then this has been a bad choice on behalf of the owners and I would also ask the editor why did the good people of Hamilton not get a say in our historic newspaper being moved away to a different city.

Historic Hamilton featured on the Daily record’s website today.

Hi Folks,

Today, the Hamilton Advertisers story has featured on the Daily Records website. We are trying to keep the focus on the Mausoleum and keep people talking about it. For our readers here and overseas, can you please click the link and have a read.

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https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/history-buff-behind-historic-hamilton-20713049?fbclid=IwAR0y4N7eF2vNzgXome0Sct6Q4t_vM2I-__9mvTZ7VHE3V1JOSGwi2Rc3XJA

SAVE OUR MAUSOLEUM.

Hi folks,

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Following on from our pictures of the Mausoleum & Mausoleum Cottage last Sunday, the Hamilton Advertiser contacted Historic Hamilton to help continue their support to save the Mausoleum.

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Tomorrow I will be appearing on page 4 of the Advertiser to keep the momentum going and tell everyone what the Mausoleum means to me. I’m sure that the readers of Historic Hamilton who live all around the world will back us and join the fight to stop the Mausoleum fall in to more disrepair.

To become a member of saving the Mausoleum, please visit the groups Facebook page and fill out a membership form. Or get in touch with the man who started the focus on the Mausoleum, Bob Reid. He can be reached on rangerbobreid@gmail.com.

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SAMMY SQUIRREL.

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Staying with 1990, these names were printed in the Hamilton Advertiser on Friday the 14th of September.
 
As it was my birthday two days before, my mum had put my name in the Hammy Ad, which is shown below.
 
Do you remember Sammy Squirrel which appeared in the Hamilton Advertiser? Or, do you recognise any names printed below? Let us know.

Thomas Hamilton & Helen Lochore.

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Seeing old faces from the past is really great if you find out that you are related to the people in them. This picture was taken in December 1946 and in the picture, we have Mr Thomas Hamilton & Helen Lochore who in this year were celebrating their Dimond wedding anniversary.

Thomas & Helen were born and bred in Hamilton, they were natives of the Ducal Town and they lived in the Hamilton their whole lives and between them they had 9 children, 7 of whom survived to adulthood. They had 12 grandchildren & 7 great grandchildren, so there is every chance that their descendants still live in the town today.

For their Dimond wedding anniversary in 1946 they held their party at the Liberal Club Rooms on Brandon Street where they shared their day with their friends and family.

When they married they lived at Helens house at 3 Fore Row where they spent most of their years and in 1946 they lived at 142 Almada Street and Thomas who was very well known in the town and was a ‘Kenspeckle’ figure in junior football circles. He spent all of his working life working for the Hamilton Advertiser working in the print room. When he retired early in 1929 he had given 51 year’s service to the Hamilton Advertiser.

Thomas was secretary of the Lanarkshire junior football association for 48 years and Lanarkshire junior league secretary from the beginning of the first world war until 1939.

They had two sons who lost their lives in the great war of 1914-1918.

The parents of Thomas were called James Hamilton who was a Joiner & his mother was called Margaret Polson. When Thomas married he lived at the family home which was at 5 Park Road.

 

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Helen Lochore’s parents were called John Lochore who was a Handloom Weaver & Helen Millar.

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Are you a descendant of Thomas & Helen? If you are, then let us know where in the world you live now.

Hi Folks,

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Hi Folks,

Next week we will be reposting Historic Hamilton’s most popular stories of 2017. This will give you all a chance to have another read over our fully researched publications and it will also let our new readers see what they have missed.

Do you want to know the History of a building in Hamilton? Is there a family mystery that you would like solved or are you curious about your Ancestry? Send us the details and we will look into this for you.

One more thing! Don’t forget to buy your copy of the Hamilton advertiser this week as we will have an advert in the paper, so remember and tell us what you think.

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN THE NEW.

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For me, it was the end of an era for Campbell Street -when I heard that the Hamilton Advertiser were moving premises after reporting the local news from its old building for more than 150 years. The old press building was at the heart of the town and in its heyday, not only did the reporters all work from the newsroom they also printed and distributed the newspapers from here.

They finally closed its doors to the public on Wednesday the 13th of December and just before it closed, the last customer walked in – this customer was me! Me being the sentimental guy that I am, was quick to tell everybody that I was the very last customer in over 150 years publishing to use the Hamilton Advertisers services in the Campbell Street building. I love nostalgia and it got me thinking of who was the very first customer to pay for the Hamilton Advertisers services. So, a wee trip to the Hamilton Reference library will be on the cards to see if I can find out.

I have met with the staff at the Hamilton Advertiser before, including the Editor and big chief Robert Mitchel or Bob as he is better known to his staff.

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Bob’s teamwork great together and when I first met them I was a bit apprehensive walking through the doors of the old press building as I had in my head that the editor was going to be like the one in Spiderman shouting at all of his staff. But no, they are all very nice people and very approachable, and always if you have a story, then they are more that willing for you to come and have a chat with them.

So, as I had mentioned, I was the very last person to use the Hamilton Advertiser in Campbell Street, I was placing an advert in the paper for Historic Hamilton which you will all see in next weeks edition. I spoke to two lovely ladies called who were called Lorna Marshall who is the receptionist and Carole Mathers, who is the Multi-Media Sales Executive.

We ended up chatting about the History of the building and Carole had mixed emotions as she has worked at the old Campbell Street office for 30 years. We got chatting about the strange goings on and apparently, the old Campbell Street building has its very own Ghost.

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So, it was sad times for Carole too as this building has played a very big part in her life, but as they say you have to move with the times. I only hope that this Historic building does not get torn down and become another car-park, lets watch this space – pardon the pun.

The new Hamilton Advertiser premises are now located on the ground floor of the Brandon House business centre and they have an open plan office that looks out over Duke Street and the building is also right at the bus station, so bear in mind, Bob’s reporters are watching you as you walk in and out from the bus station and they will see everything that’s going on. This is also an excellent vantage point for the ‘Reader of the Week’ section, so if you’re up this way, then you may just be lucky enough to make Page 3 and get a free box of chocolates.

I paid a visit yesterday (Friday the 15th) and as usual, Bob was still in the office arranging next weeks stories, I had a wee chat with Bob and Carole and they were showing me around. I managed to get a wee bit of the Tunnocks Cake and Carole was showing me my advert for Historic Hamilton. So maybe I can also be classed as the first customer in the New building?

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Times are indeed changing as more of the younger generation are turning to news in the digital format, The Hamilton Advertiser’s Facebook page now has a massive 17,314 followers but I’m sure that most of you will agree that it’s just not the same as sitting down with a cup of tea at the table and having a read of the local news.

We still turn to the Advertiser to either do the crossword or to see what is happening in the town or to find the local guy who will give you a free quote to fix your fence. With Bob’s team working all week to get you the best stories I’m sure that the newspaper will still be here for many decades to come. So, to all the staff, good luck in your new home and we hope that you have many happy working years at the Brandon House building.

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