Weekly creates online archive

An award-winning Staffordshire weekly newspaper has launched a new video series telling the stories of its older readers about their lives on its patch. The Tamworth Herald – winner of the Newspaper of the Year trophy at the Midlands Media Awards on two separate occasions - has created the online archive, which it hopes will benefit a younger generation.

The Herald is now appealing to people over the age of 60, who have lived in the Tamworth area since childhood, to come forward for the project. The first video in the series is now online, and features 88-year-old Madge Jackson.

Herald news editor Helen Machin (pictured) said: “Madge is a wonderful storyteller with a whole host of memories to share; it all makes for interesting viewing and we are delighted to be working alongside a local professional for this new online feature, which we hope will be a regular slot.”

The films are being produced in association with production company Eternity Videos. Filmmaker Barry Wale said: “It’s a real privilege to be working alongside the Herald on this project. This is the newspaper I grew up with and has been in the family home for as long as I can remember – and it still is.”