Cheers! The waiting is finally over and the celebrations can begin – today is the Yorkshire Evening Post’s 125th birthday.
The first ever edition of the YEP was published way back on September 1, 1890, with a promise to bring “news of all kinds” to its home city of Leeds.
We believe we have delivered handsomely on that pledge over the course of the tens of thousands of editions that have followed – but only with the help of our readers.
So today each and every one of you can claim a free pint of YEP125, a beer we have created in conjunction with Leeds Brewery to mark our special milestone.
The beer was given the seal of approval by YEP editor Jeremy Clifford after he pulled a pint at the Midnight Bell pub, near our Whitehall Road offices.
He said: “We are delighted to be celebrating our special birthday with so many people in the Leeds region.
“We have proudly reflected life in this great city for more than a century, which is a huge achievement, and played our part in seeing Leeds develop, regenerate and thrive, celebrating the great occasions and marking the big occasions.
“Over the past few weeks we have been reflecting in our pages our history and the history of this city. But today is also a time to look forward.
“Our website and mobile platform, combined with our social media activity, means that more than ever we can bring you the news and sport the moment it happens with the best and fastest coverage. And we will continue to change and evolve to make sure we serve our city proudly.”
Messages of congratulation have been pouring into Whitehall Road over the last few weeks.
Everyone from writers to politicians and footballers to charity workers has been keen to send their best wishes to the paper that proudly champions their city.
Author and one-time YEP reporter Barbara Taylor Bradford summed up the mood when she told us: “Congratulations to all of you running the paper today and may you have many more years to come. All good wishes.”
See the printed version of today’s paper for your free YEP125 pint voucher plus details of how it can be redeemed.
Three more vouchers, each also redeemable for a free pint, are being published in the paper this week and next.