We're 30 today! - Your favourite weekly The Star celebrates three decades in business by branching out to a wider patch

This is The West Country: Editor Alex Cameron, advertising manager Sharon Mitchell and retail representative Mike Bird are pictured with a specially-prepared cake to mark the occasion Editor Alex Cameron, advertising manager Sharon Mitchell and retail representative Mike Bird are pictured with a specially-prepared cake to mark the occasion

THE Star is proud to celebrate 30 years of serving our loyal readers in 2013.

WE'RE not only celebrating three decades in business here at The Star, we're also celebrating moving into a new area.
 

For 2013, The Star is also circulating in Wellington, Holcombe Rogus and villages on the Devon-Somerset border.
 

Editor Alex Cameron said: “We are delighted to be serving Wellington and bringing our newspaper to thousands of new readers.
“As a local newspaper we will be keeping people up to date with the latest news and sport from where they live.”
 

While expanding into Wellington, The Star remains the number one free local newspaper for Mid Devon, distributing thousands of copies to households across the district and covering the latest news and sport from Tiverton, Cullompton and Crediton, among others.

The first edition of the paper was printed in March, 1983, and - 30 years later - we are proud to have become part of the community, bringing you the latest news, sport and leisure from your area.

The Star is the brightest free weekly read in the area and is delivered to thousands of homes across the Mid Devon and Wellington areas.

Alex added: “We are delighted and proud that Mid Devon's favourite free newspaper has been serving the community for more than 30 years.

“It is testament to the amount of support we have enjoyed from readers and advertisers alike, because without them, none of it would be possible.”

So why not get in touch with us?

You can contact our Mid Devon newsroom on 01823-365210 or e-mail editorial@middevonstar.co.uk or text us at 80360, starting your message with the keywords DEVON NEWS. Normal rates apply.

For advertising, contact Sharon on 07967-339628 or Mike on 07800-912516.

Remember, you can receive daily updates of news and sport from across our area by logging on to our website - middevonstar.co.uk.

*Here we look back at some of the major events and happenings in Mid Devon since the Star was born 30 years ago.

1984 - Jobs were created as Heathcoat fabrics bought back the share of the business sold to Coats Paton.

1990 - Storms brought down nearly 350 trees at Knightshayes Court, near Tiverton.

1990 -Tiverton Magistrates Court dealt with soaring numbers of people refusing to pay Margaret Thatcher's unpopular Poll Tax.

1992 - Angela Browning became Tiverton's first female MP, succeeding Robin Maxwell-Hyslop.

1994 - The Tiverton Museum of Mid Devon Life scooped a cash boost from the new National Lottery for a revamp.

1998 - Martyn Rogers led Tiverton Town to Wembley where they won the FA Vase against Tow Law, repeating the feat in 1999, triumphing against Belington Terriers.

2004 - The new Mid Devon District Council headquarters were opened in Phoenix Lane.

2005 - The Princess Royal cut the ribbon to officially open Tiverton's new hospital in April.

2006 - Tiverton Pannier Market was given a top design award following a £3.4million refurbishment 2007 - Unseasonably wet weather led to the Mid Devon Show being called off.

2010 - Sun worshippers in Mid Devon were warned to cover up after statistics showed skin cancer rates were 50% higher in the district compared to the national average.

2011 - Tributes were paid to 41-year-old John Stoddart, an operations manager at Cullompton-based DS Smith Paper Ltd, who died after becoming trapped in machinery.

2012 - Mid Devon's roads and waterways bore the brunt of torrential downpours as 2012 drew to a close - leaving many routes impassable and flooding out schools, homes and businesses. Near Tiverton, the Grand Western Canal burst its banks, spilling thousands of gallons of water into nearby fields.

 

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