Milestone Birthday Is Fast Approaching


You can’t help but notice that the “Friend” milestone birthday is fast approaching.

The magazine first began publication on January 13, 1869 and nearly 150 years on, we’re still going strong. That’s thanks to our loyal readers who have supported us every step of the way.

The “Friend” has been there as a comfort through wars, strikes and natural disasters. Staying true to all it stands for while moving with the times.

What really brought this home was looking through our Archives and finding the pencilled sketch of Dundee from the River Tay, which was printed in our November 21, 1888 issue, when the magazine was a sprightly nineteen years old.

Landscape Has Changed

Much has changed between then and now, the Royal Arch that can be seen is no longer there but we now have the magnificent V&A museum that stands proud beside the Tay. The Dundee landscape has changed and moved with the times – while always staying true to its roots – much like our magazine.

It’s amazing to think of the key events that have happened over the lifetime of the “Friend” to date, including the Tay Bridge Disaster; electric lighting, royal deaths and abdication, women attaining the vote, world wars, the sinking of the Titanic, the birth of the NHS and the discovery of DNA.

Our 150th Anniversary Special takes you through the decades through the eyes of the “Friend”, and it’s available to buy now https://www.dcthomsonshop.co.uk//the-people-s-friend-150th-anniversary-special

Yvonne McKenzie

Yvonne works on the Features team and admits to being nosy, so loves looking after the Between Friends letters and finding out all about our lovely readers. She also looks after our health copy and enjoys writing about inspiring people that help make the articles in the magazine so interesting.

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