THE Pontefract and Castleford Express has a wide army of followers, and is greeted with enthusiasm each week by its readers.
I have a friend who now lives in Australia who loves to keep up with local news via the Express website, and another friend who lives in Cumbria who looks forward to his copy of the Pontefract and Castleford Express each week.
Having worked some years ago as a builder, much of his work was done in the Knottingley and Ferrybridge area so he is familiar with this area, and likes to keep up with local news.
In return, he sends me a copy of the Cumberland and Westmorland Herald which is still printed in large spreadsheet form as the Express used to be.
I wonder why, even when all the people referred to in the births deaths and marriages column are strangers to me, I still have to scan them all?
It’s nice though to see that the tradition of printing birthday greetings and so on, or showing photographs of local schoolchildren and football teams is emulated elsewhere.
A nice Knottingley man once jokingly remarked that he was “reight disappointed” if he scanned the obituaries and there was no one he knew.
I can say in all honesty, that I have never been “reight disappointed” with the “Pont ‘n Cas!”
It spreads the news far and wide. Long may it continue.