Your St. Helens star turns 50 in a year full of big anniversaries

THE Town’s success and rich identity will be celebrated in 2023 – a year that marks a number of important anniversaries for local organizations including your St Helens Star.

Later this year, the star will celebrate its 50th birthday – half a century after its first release hit the streets of the borough.

Big anniversaries

The year also marks the 150th anniversary of Saints, the 100th anniversary of St Helens Rotary, the 90th anniversary of the formation of the St Helens Council of Voluntary Service, and the 100th anniversary of the Haydock Male Voice Choir.

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St. Helens will also take on the mantle of the metropolitan area’s cultural district in 2023, where civic leaders love to tell stories that reflect the area’s identity.

St. Helens Star: What the Star's masthead looked like in 1973 when the paper launchedWhat the Stern’s imprint looked like in 1973, when the newspaper started (Image: St Helens Star)

Star Editor Andrew Kilmurray said the series of milestones offers a great opportunity to celebrate the borough’s rich history and identity.

He added: “It’s a big year for the star and we look forward to turning 50 in November and celebrating our role as the voice of St Helens since 1973.

“Our centenary year coincides with a number of other big ‘birthdays’, giving us the perfect opportunity to celebrate these organizations as well.

St. Helens Star: The cover of the St. Helens Star last year as the Saints won an historic fourth straight titleThe front page of the St Helens Star last year as the Saints won an historic fourth straight title (Image: St Helens Star)

“We look forward to reflecting on the wonderful stories, characters and champions – past and present – that enrich the life of St Helens and make up the DNA of the borough.”

St Helens Star: Star Editor Andrew KilmurrayStar Editor Andrew Kilmurray (Image: St Helens Star)

Andrew, who joined the star as a trainee reporter in 2001, says the news brand is keen to work with community partners and readers to celebrate the occasion.

He added: “We will look back at some of the great people the city has produced, share stories from the past and introduce the people and institutions that make the heartbeat of St Helens.

“As it is the 150th Year of the Saints, it is only natural that we draw on our archives and the wonderful knowledge of our writers to bring you the very best reporting.

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“But we’re happy to work with community organizations or businesses that want to support us too – and listen to our readers’ ideas.

“Anyone who wants to work with us can email, message on social media, or give us a call.” Your St. Helens star turns 50 in a year full of big anniversaries

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